A Flood of Controversy

In a delayed reaction to the amazing success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood is producing its own politically-corrected Bible movies. While Noah in the eponymous recent film remains firmly patriarchal (he is played by Russell Crowe, after all), he is determined to abort his own grandchildren so that the human race will no longer pollute the earth. The movie features unintentionally hilarious animated rocks called, “Watchers,” who are supposedly keeping tabs on the fallen human race.

Noah refers to the Biblical deity only as the Creator, but as you can imagine, some people of faith have been upset by the extravagant liberties taken with the sacred text.While people of faith should be as uncomfortable in the presence of this aesthetic mess as Crowe seems to be in acting in it, they may be confident that the faith of our fathers and mothers will remain unscathed. —J. Douglas Ousley


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One Response to “A Flood of Controversy”

  1. John Ubieta says:

    I haven’t seen the film yet, but it definitely seems like a departure from the old Hollywood Charlston Heston movies generations ago enjoyed. I think Hollywood is trying to play it both ways by not entirely doing away with this genre, but at the same time feeling an urge to comply with new generational standards. However, turning the Great Flood story into an environmental tale politicizes this event. In this case, it would’ve been far more interesting to use the theories of Zecharia Sitchin, the expert of old Sumerian texts found in Mesopotamia. According to Sitchin, the ancient texts narrate the tale of Enlil who wanted to destroy mankind with the flood, while Enki wanted to save it and thus devised the Ark plan. Enki was the great biologist who supposedly evolved man from homo-erectus to homo-sapien. According to Sitchin, the ark did not carry all these animals, instead it carried the “seed of life” which in his interpretation of the Sumerian texts, meant the animal’s DNA. In this theory, the Ark was basically a floating laboratory saving the DNA of all of mankind’s species in order to reproduce again. If you are going to make a film, this theory, because of its numerous implications, would open a floodgate of heated debate that will in turn energize and remind new generations of Noah’s Ark.

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