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Amended trailer for creationist movie starring Russel Crowe — in theaters March 28, 2014

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Crowe Tweets Pope Francis and invites him to watch [creationist] movie

Now “Noah” star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah’s Ark story from the Book of Genesis.

Addressing the pontiff as “Dear Holy Father,” Crowe on Monday tweeted, “#Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant.”

Crowe followed up with a tweet aimed at his own 1.37 million followers, writing, “given his environmental focus/scholarly knowledge, trying to screen #Noah for Pope Francis.” Crowe also asked his followers to retweet his previous message.

Francis, who boasts 3.7 million Twitter followers (@Pontifex) and more importantly is the spiritual leader of the 1.1 billion Roman Catholics around the world, has not directly responded to Crowe’s tweets.


Compare the movie to this conceptual rendering at the Creation Museum:

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/noah-marketing-tweaked-at-urging-684305 JGuy
The NOAH movie with Crowe, I’m now thinking will leave a bad taste among the YECs and sympathetic OEC. It might be good for the general audience, but they will want a re-write.
That's ok. It may unwittingly setup non-Christian interest to ask questions that lead to the other films/documentaries. :) JGuy
Sal, I figured you knew something of it. But I didn't recall you were that closely connected. I do recall chatting online with Joe about it when I was working overseas (back around 2007/8). His intention was hopeful, as well as knowing the budget that was available for production (if & when). My only concern was that it was quality story (no low quality stuff), and not just picture quality. By the way. With Aronofsky's film in March. It's interesting that IJNP had that project scheduled for a while should have been about this time (I'd guess) - up in the air now - but further convergence of other independent productions on the topic of Noah & the flood. e.g. I just saw this by Ray Comfort: http://www.noahthemovie.com/ And Ian Juby has a Flood movie that is coming out this year (around May I think): http://mysteryofnoahsflood.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbcUDQWep0M http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mystery-of-noah-s-flood JGuy
JGuy, I don't know if you have it in your e-mail archives, but I mentioned I was working with IJNP to our youngcosmos group. Joe Bardwell started the project at my suggestion, and that began a rather huge project of talking to creationist scientists to start work on the flood movie. The NOAH movie with Crowe, I'm now thinking will leave a bad taste among the YECs and sympathetic OEC. It might be good for the general audience, but they will want a re-write. Sal scordova
p.s. My concern would be that the flood movie would be either too cerebral (or mechanical), too predictable (or cliche) or made in a way that was much like a propaganda piece rather than quality film-art that was thought provoking with accessible deeper meaning. JGuy
Joe Bardwell of IJNP http://www.injesusnameproductions.org/ Was trying to work on developing a high quality flood movie. I'm not sure on the quality or script... but it looks like that has been put on the back shelf. I think it had something to do with no settling on a scientific model for the flood mechanism. But I'm not sure. There's a paper on the website on scientific models they were comparing. JGuy
My preliminary guess, this will be an OK box office movie, but the lack of reverence for the Biblical Noah will be a major turn of for religious audiences. Next, just looking at the movie, the costumes look ugly, plot hacked together, the script uninspiring, the scenery bland. The graphics of the Creation Museum explosion at least were more conceptually compelling with gigantic waves skyscraper high. I think the movie will be urgently needing a remake by people who want a more faithful flood movie. What the movie could have done differently, I mean if you want artistic license, is leverage the Atlantis theme of a far more technologically advanced culture which chariots and palaces, and castles and cities, not dirty looking nomads. Washing away dirty looking nomads doesn't have the same impact as washing away majestic but sinful cities. Think of this 1961 movie which was a Noah type movie, that has since been forgotten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDCWnvBk-DI It was actually a Noah movie when at the end all these people survive the flood. That's the way the Noah movie should have portrayed civilization in the past, and in the creationist community, many believe prior to Noah, technology was quite advanced and then declined rapidly post-Babel for a long time.... That's my premature opinion. I think this movie, based on the trailer, can't possibly leave audience thinking this was a great rendering of the food movie. That 1961 Atlantis movie was the right way to do the Noah movie, you just need to integrate Noah in to the Atlantis plot and images. scordova
By the way, he can't be speaking of the biblical Noah - at least from an informed biblical perspective. This is why people need to keep in mind that this movie doesn't follow a biblical account. I expect there will be plenty of creative expression and scripting. But seeing a CG rendering of the flood the way the trailers depict should be quite thought provoking. JGuy
Russel Crowe's quite negative view of Noah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkTJm32bODs JGuy
The Pope has 3.7mil twitter followers in English, 4.6mil in Spanish, and about 10mil twitter followers total. He might call Crowe on the phone as opposed to tweeting him:) ppolish

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