New Noah movie brings controversy, big bucks

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News 12 at 11 / Sunday, March 30, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A biblical story hit the big screen over the weekend, but not everyone is excited about it.

The movie Noah and its Hollywood cast relives the days when an ark was built to save the righteous who live in this world. News 12 tells you why some believe the movie is not biblical enough.

Noah's ark is one of the first stories written in the Bible, but now it's a movie too.

"You come to the movies to see how Hollywood would put a spin on it," said Sam Dickerson.

Dickerson and Ivy Harris saw Russell Crowe's version of Noah and both agree it's was good, but not completely accurate.

"I think it was fairly biblical. There were some aspects of it, as far as the watchers--the rock creatures--you know that was pretty Hollywood-ish," Harris told News 12.

On Facebook News 12 viewers wrote even harsher critiques saying, "not Biblical..sticking to the Bible" and "the only thing Biblical about it are the names and the arch."

Rabbi David Sirull leads the Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Augusta. He says he isn't as offended as others may be with the movie and that's for one reason.

"You understand that it's a movie and you are not going to see this for it's historical accuracy, or to learn the story as it appears in the Torah or the Bible," he said.

The rabbi says Noah was a hero and righteous man during his time, but his story isn't as long as the 2 hour movie.

"The story of Noah in the Torah takes up about 3 chapters. If I'm not mistaken I think its 2400 words," he told News 12.

So, while the effects may make it interesting, ticket buyers who saw the movie say there's only one true way to learn Noah's story.

"It makes you go back and read it again. If you don't know the word of God, it makes you go and at least attempt and learn what the word of God says," Harris told News 12.

Regal Cinemas in Augusta says Noah was very popular this weekend. It sold the most tickets and sold out both 7 o'clock shows, which seats over 300 people. The movie pulled in 44 million dollars opening weekend nation wide.

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