‘Noah’ Trailer: Russell Crowe vs. The Flood

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:15 pm,

How can anybody summarize Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Noah in 23 seconds of promo footage? Paramount tried yesterday with a brief (and admittedly effective) preview clip, but now that the full official trailer has gone online, it’s a struggle to imagine how the film could be synopsized even with a greatly expanded three-minute preview.

The big takeaway for all viewers should be clear: Noah operates on an absolutely massive scope and scale, one that’s appropriately sized in light of the Biblical exploration that makes up the core of its narrative. Certainly no one can accuse Aronofsky of a lack of effort; unlike so many blockbusters that get unnecessarily saddled with the term, Noah actually looks epic. Between the titular character’s dreams of devastation, the sheer enormity of the task he takes on as his personal burden, and the human threats to the safety of Noah, his family, and his quest, there’s an ever-present sense of grandiosity in nearly every frame on display here.

In other words, Noah means to be big and important, retelling the tale of Noah and the flood through the eyes of one of today’s most ambitious auteurs. The basics gist remains the same – Noah (Russell Crowe) builds an ark to protect his family (Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth) and the Earth’s creatures after receiving visions of the world’s destruction from God – but Aronofsky expands on the details, pitting his hero against not only impending Armageddon but also against the barbaric Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), who believes Noah to be a madman rather than a true prophet.

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Russell Crowe as Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

The trailer captures most of these details, taking special care to showcase Noah’s confrontations with Tubal-cain, but shows little and less of the film’s purported fantastical elements. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of a Nephilim – one of those six-armed angels spoken of in the production process – will be disappointed. At the same time, the effects on display here are really impressive, from images of the climatic flood to the painstakingly rendered hordes of animals that find refuge aboard Noah’s vessel.

If Aronofsky’s goal is to spin a visual feast out of the apocalypse, it looks like he’s succeeded. Perhaps that alone will allow Noah to skirt around controversy; the film could be taken as just as much a tale of human survival as a work of Bible interpretation, and regardless, Aronofsky’s work here (brought to life by his usual standby cinematographer, Matthew Libatique) looks stunningly gorgeous.


Noah will be in theaters on March 28, 2014.

Source: Paramount

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  1. I dig it. I’m interested. Hope it turns out good.

  2. This looks pretty intense, gonna look out for this one.

  3. mmmmm emma watson <3

    • Emma Watson is busted it’s all about Jennifer Connelly

      • They should have an eyebrow fight.

        Connelly FTW

  4. Now, I KNOW I want to see this.

  5. YES! Forget all the sequels and reboots. This is the blockbuster movie I’m looking forward to next year along with Jupiter Ascending.

    • You’re against sequels and reboots???? Are you under the impression that this is an original story for a movie, one that hasn’t been done before either?

      • I’m not against sequels or reboots on principal. If a director has something interesting to say based on an established idea or story then they should go for it. I loved Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Most of the blockbuster sequels coming out in the next two years just honestly sound less interesting to me compared to a project like this.

        And yes, I get the irony that this is retelling one of the oldest stories in the world. As long as they don’t turn it into a trilogy or reboot it in the next 5 years I’m good with that.

    • Isn’t this the reboot of Evan Almighty?

      • Ha! +1

  6. Awesome on so many levels.

  7. I’ve been very skeptical of this movie since it was announced, but the trailer looks really good. Hopefully it’ll be a refreshing break from the usual blockbuster-fare.

    And if it’s a dud… well, at least there’s Emma Watson.

  8. I have to say, after all that I’ve read about this film, that trailer seemed surprisingly “normal.” Very nice visually, but not nearly as weird as I was expecting. Will this film be a more straightforward adaption after all – maybe this was deliberately downplaying the more “creative” elements.

    • You know what, I feel more or less exactly the same way. For a movie that’s supposed to feature giant angels and creature design straight out of a fantasy novel, this trailer looks, well, about as normal as any movie about Noah can be.

      I don’t know what that means about the film to date, but it could just be a matter of what the studio chose to show versus what they chose not to show in this trailer. I’m just going to hold onto my questions until March, though.

      • It could just be that the studio feared audiences would see the more fantastical elements and stay away, even if some of us want to see Nephilim and original creature designs.

        • I hope that’s the case. I was a little underwhelmed as well. Bring on the crazy!

  9. Looks good! I’ll be checking this out for sure!

  10. My question is how will this play with born again types? How much research went into the story and time period? Did the director and writers cross reference stories from other texts such as quran, Torah? If so and there is a mix, that alone could unite or spark a backlash. But yes, it looks terriffic and it is a powerful story…And it is indeed different from the usually blockbuster fare.

    • I think the fundamentalists will be more of a problem.

      • This. Fundamentalists…..can;t spell it without the word “mental”.

        • Dazz….. :-/

      • @Van Dyenne – The fundamentalists will always have a problem with a movie not, in their minds, adequately following the source material. That goes for anything really…not just the Bible.

        As a long time Christian, so far I have no issues with anything I’ve read about Noah and the trailer doesn’t give me pause at all. I’m looking forward to seeing this take on it actually.


    • What about the Mormons?! ;) So, as a Mormon, I just want to say, I’m very interested in seeing this movie. This isn’t the first time Biblical material has been onscreen, and it has been done well before, and I hope it’s done well again. Of course, it won’t be verbatim from the source (the Bible), it’s a movie after all, and even the source is only an account of major events. The scriptures don’t cover ever single detail, so a lot is left to the imagination to fill the gaps for a movie.

      I think it is neat that you mentioned that other Holy Texts could offer different perspective than the Bible, it will be interesting to see if they did that.

      All in all, I hope that the movie stays true the spirit of the story, Noah a prophet was commanded to build an Ark, to save the righteous and God would flood the earth to wipe the wicked clean from it. There is a lot to this story and it looks like the movie, from the trailer at least, really tries to tackle that story.

    • ‘Other texts?’ Born-againers and Jews both use the same Torah narrative for the flood. The only difference might be in the inclusion of Muslim and Babylonian traditions.

  11. Interesting.. so basically, 2012 BC?

  12. This doesn’t look as controversial as I expected, but I do think it certainly looks fantastic. Will definitely be seeing this one.

  13. Looks pretty good but I’m confused. I’ve found three different trailers, all HD and all about 2:30 long with varying footage. Don’t movie trailers usually only show one when they first release a trailer?

  14. Whoa looks pretty cool. Defiantly gonna see it in theater.

  15. Niceer

  16. Read about Utnapishtim.

  17. I’ve seen a few different trailers for this now, all pretty much the same. My favourite one had a caption saying, “One of the most epic events from our HISTORY”, haha, had a good laugh at that. I guess that trailer was meant for fundamental American Christians.

    Anyway, wonder if they’ll explain how you manage to fit over 16 million animals on a little wooden boat. But whatever, anything with Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins is definitely worth a watch so I’ll be checking it out

    • It’s interesting how some documented history is accepted, and some is not…

      • True but logically, the ark can’t have been as true as some want to believe due to the logistics of it.

        There definitely was a flood event, science has proven that. Just not sure about the rest of the story.

        • But if God were to cause the flood and tell Noah to build the ark, it’s probable to think that he would help keep it afloat. Haha

          • They would need some help just to fit in all the animals.

    • How do you get that referring to just American fundamentalists, and not fundamentalists the world over?

    • Am I missing something? has this ever been marketed as something other than a work of fiction?

    • ….Where is the laugh? This was part of our history!

    • As I said previously, look up the name Utnapishtim.

    • Not all stories in the bible are true…many are allegories…or the stories are symbolic in nature. what brought you to the conclusion there were 16 million animals to fit in the Ark?…lol. I do believe in Evolution but not without God as the creator.

  18. That of the Ark has always struck me as one of the sillier biblical myths, and in my opinion putting Russel Crowe and Emma Watson in it doesn’t do much to assuage that feeling. I still wish they’d gone for relatively unknown leads.

    Still, this looks pretty okay. Aronofsky can be too over-the-top as an arthouse filmmaker but he knows his job when it comes to visuals.

    • Its also in the story Gilgamesh. Its Sumerian as well.

  19. I got chills watching that trailer! Cant wait for this one!

  20. As long as it is more fantasy adventure than Biblical retelling, I will go see this one.

  21. So, is this the dark Nolan-esque reboot of ‘Evan Almighty’?

  22. Of all the biblical stories, I think this is one of the best to put on the big screen. And judging by this trailer, it’s gonna be pretty epic.

  23. i really hope this fits into the Passion of the Christ universe…

    • Very funny. Good one.

    • OK, I admit I snickered at this.


    • Hahahahaha

  24. You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

  25. The big ‘un for Aronofsky. His make or break if you like. Fail with this and he won’t get a budget that size again. Naturally, for many who enjoy his inventive approach to structure this will be a plus. I am not a religious person anyways (other than for the works of one PTA) so I will be approaching this from the purest of angles when watching film.

    Would be nice to think all would approach it in a similar manner. Cannot help but feel though critics will have already written their reviews…

  26. I’m cautious toward this. I think it’s going to be a lot more fantastical than people think. Towards the end, when the guy jams the staff into the ground and the fire sets everything ablaze… Not sure what that’s about… But. That tends to lean more towards fantastical rather than action adventure. I think this trailer is false advertising. I could be wrong, but I think we’re looking at a biblical retelling. Something I am not opposed to. I think I may be in the 1% with that one. I would love a big budget, epic, biblical retelling. There are some really interesting stories in there. But, hard to do without inciting controversy. Regardless of what this film actually ends up being, this trailer looks great!

  27. To reference Stuart Chase, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” Like any movie, some will accept it and others will reject it. Given it covers the taboo subject of faith in something unseen, it will undoubtedly cause debate and reopen old wounds for some while threatening the smothering grip of others. In the end, hopefully it will appeal to those who are genuinely curious and looking for more than they’ve seen in man’s examples. Even if the Biblical aspects are treated merely as literature and nothing more, the story can still be epic in nature and I absolutely look forward to seeing more.

  28. Looks pretty good. Being a Christian, I’m still a little cautious about them taking TOO much artistic license with the story (not sure what the part with the staff setting everything on fire was about) but for the most part, I’m liking what they’re doing with this. Hope it’s good.

  29. One of the greatest biblical epics ever created didn’t stay true to the actual biblical story but was great because the director stayed true to the spirit of the story….The Ten Commandments. This looks like a good movie but I hope the director is staying true to the spirit of the story. Also, Noah was a man of God but he was also just a man, with human frailties. After the flood, Noah cursed one of his sons because he saw him passed out drunk and naked; will they show this side of his nature?

    • Re: “will they show this side of his nature?”

      I call them Noah’s “Elvis years” (meaning the later years we’d rather forget, and do).

      That was a weird scene. One of his son’s backed up with something to cover him with so as not to see him. And the Ten commandments? I just read Exodus and I saw no “Ten” commandments, but I saw a list that went on and on, with a lot about slave-keeping do’s and dont’s, and a repeated law that one should be killed if they don’t honor the Sabbath. So if that stuff isn’t included in movies (or even man-on-the-street knowledge of the Bible), then why should Noah’s “Elvis” years.

      So, to answer your question, I honestly don’t think they should. If they are smart they’ll keep it relatively straight-forward and keep the good parts. Honestly, I’m an atheist who would prefer a good hard look at everything, including the Bible, and I’m all for deconstruction. That said, Noah is a great story that appeals to something in all of us, and I have no problem with a sincere telling of it.