Noah Quotes: Bold Interpretation(Total Quotes: 75)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Russell Crowe – Noah
Jennifer Connelly – Naameh
Ray Winstone – Tubal-cain
Anthony Hopkins – Methuselah
Emma Watson – Ila
Logan Lerman – Ham
Douglas Booth – Shem
Nick Nolte – Samyaza
Mark Margolis – Magog
Kevin Durand – Rameel
Leo McHugh Carroll – Japheth
Marton Csokas – Lamech
Finn Wittrock – Young Tubal-cain
Madison Davenport – Na’el
Gavin Casalegno – Young Shem
Nolan Gross – Young Ham
Skylar Burke – Young Ila
Dakota Goyo – Young Noah
Ariane Rinehart – Eve
Adam Griffith – Adam
Frank Langella – Og (voice)
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★★☆☆
In this daring re-imagining of the famous biblical tale Noah quotes are incredibly ambitious and complicated told on a grand scale. The story follows Noah after the world has fallen from Paradise and human barbarism and warfare have ravaged the landscape. We see the struggle between good, the descendants of Seth (Noah) and evil, the descendants of Cain (Tubal-cain).
Noah, a peaceful man just wants to live a righteous life with his family. But when Noah starts having visions of death by water and given a message from the Creator that a great flood is coming to destroy the world, Noah’s life becomes complicated and he decides to save his family, loved ones and two of every species by building a giant ark. Things get even more complicated as Tubal-cain and his followers plan to take over the ark to save themselves and soon Noah starts to doubt if anyone, including his own family, is worthy of being saved.
Aronofsky’s Noah is not meant as a true depiction of religious text, instead the story is ultimately about love and dedication in the face of unrelenting darkness with the narrative being used symbolically to raise morally complex questions which at times make for an intense and difficult viewing. Russell Crowe gives one of his most engrossing performances alongside a strong supporting cast.
Verdict: Noah is certainly not without flaws and has been very controversial for many moviegoers due to the reimagining of religious scripture, which has not been done as a faithful retelling, but as a story in itself it’s challenging, thought-provoking and engaging told in a bold, brutal and sometimes insane way.
“In the beginning there was nothing. Temptation led to sin. Cast out of Eden, Adam and Eve had three sons: Cain, Abel and Seth. Cain killed Abel and fled to the East, where he was sheltered by a band of fallen angels: The Watchers. These Watchers helped Cain’s descendants build a great industrial civilization. Cain’s cities spread wickedness, devouring the world. Only the descendants of Seth defend and protect what is left of Creation. Today, the last of Seth’s line becomes a man.”
[first lines; a young Noah is sat on a hill with his father, Lamech, who is performing a ritual]
Lamech: From Adam to Seth, from Seth to Enos, Enos to Kenan, Kenan to Mahalalel, to my father, Methuselah. And to me. Today, that birthright passes to you, Noah, my son.
[Lamech takes the snakeskin of the serpent from the Garden of Eden and wraps it along hand and arm]
Lamech: The Creator made Adam in his image and placed the world in his care. This is your work now, your responsibility.
[Noah nods his head]
Lamech: May you walk alongside the Creator in righteousness.
[Noah goes to touch his fingertip to Lamech’s finger which has the snakeskin around it]
Lamech: For I say thee…
[just then they are interrupted by a crowd of men]
[as Noah hides behind a rock Lamech approaches the crowd of men led by king Tubal-cain]
Young Tubal-cain: We’ll find it here.
[he digs up gold from under the ground]
Young Tubal-cain: The ground is rich with Zoha.
Lamech: This is the Creator’s land. What are you doing?
[suddenly Tubal-cain strikes Lamech in the face]
Young Tubal-cain: The Creator? My mines run dry, my city withers, it must be fed. And what has he done? He cursed us to struggle by the sweat of our brow to survive. Damned if I don’t do everything it takes to do just that. Damned if I don’t take what I want.
[he takes the snakeskin off of Lamech’s arm]
Young Tubal-cain: This relic belongs to the descendants of Cain now, the line of Seth ends here.
[suddenly he takes his pickax and swings it into Lamech’s neck, killing him, he turns to his men]
Young Tubal-cain: It is ours. Now dig!
[Noah, who’s been watching all this from behind the rock, runs off]
[an adult, Noah is out with his two young sons Shem and Ham, he watches as Ham picks up a flower from the ground]
Noah: Ham, what are you doing?
Young Ham: It’s pretty.
[Noah walks over to Ham]
Noah: Do you see the fuller flower? They’re attached to the ground, it’s where they should be. Now their purpose; they sprout, and they bloom and the wind takes their seeds and more flowers grow. We only collect what we can use, what we need. Do you understand?
[Ham nods his head and turns to walk away, Noah then notices a drop of water falling from the sky and hitting the dirt and instantly a flower blooms in that spot]
Noah: Shem, Ham, let’s go.
[as they turn to leave they hear a noise and then see a wounded scaly creature running off]
Noah: Men! Hide! Hide! Go!
[Shem and Ham hide behind a rock]
[Noah goes after the creature and as he approaches the animal he notices it has a spear in its side, before he can pull it out the animal dies, Noah then hears three men approaching]
Poacher Leader: You found our kill, how fortunate. But for you, maybe not.
[Noah takes the spear out of the dead animal and rises to face the three men]
Poacher Leader: Do you know how long it is since we ate a soaring animal?
[they approach Noah slowly]
Poacher Leader: Easy.
[suddenly they attack Noah, but he uses the spear to stab one of them, takes his weapon, kills the other and knocks down the leader, Noah walks over to the wounded leader]
Poacher Leader: What do you want?
[later, Noah has wrapped the dead creatures body in a cloth and is setting fire to it]
Young Ham: Why did they kill it?
Young Shem: They eat them.
Young Ham: Why?
Noah: They think it makes them stronger
Young Ham: Is it true?
Noah: Don’t forget, strength comes from the Creator.
[the three stand and watch as the creature’s body burns]
[Noah and his sons return home to his wife Naameh and their baby son Japheth]
Young Ham: Mama! Mommy!
[Naameh smiles and looks at Japheth, who she’s holding in her arms]
Naameh: See your brothers?
[Noah goes over to Naameh and kisses her, later in their tent]
Noah: Ham saw men hunting today. They’re getting closer.
Naameh: How was he?
Noah: A little too interested.
Naameh: Hm. He had to see it sometime.
Noah: I saw something else. A flower…bloomed from nothing.
[Naameh touches Noah’s forehead tenderly]
[Noah turns to sleep as she comforts him]
Naameh: Perhaps you will finally make things right.
[Noah has a vivid dream with flashes of the serpent shedding its skin, Eve grabbing the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, and a silhouette of Cain killing Abel, then he steps outside his tent, he looks at the ground where the dirt is wet with blood, he then sees the mountain of Methuselah ahead]
[he looks at the ground and sees a single flower bloom then suddenly he finds himself drowning in a sea with other dead people as he struggles to reach the surface, suddenly he wakens and steps outside his tent for a breather, Naameh follows him]
Naameh: Did he speak to you?
Noah: I think so.
[she walks over to Noah and stands in front of him]
Naameh: Will he help us?
Noah: He’s going to destroy the world.
[the next morning Noah gets his family ready to guide them to Methuselah’s mountain]
Naameh: It’s a long and dangerous journey for the boys. How do you know your grandfather is still alive?
Noah: I don’t. I saw his mountain. We need to go and find out if he knows what we’re to do.
[they watch the boys as they are packing to leave]
Young Ham: Shem, can you help me with this?
Naameh: We could take the boys and find a place to hide.
Noah: There will be no hiding. We should have left already.
[Noah walks over to Ham]
Noah: Ham, let me show you how to do that. You push it in here, next time we come through, we can easily find it.
[as they being their journey towards Methuselah’s mountain]
Naameh: There are cities ahead.
Noah: We will not get too close.
[they come across a village that has recently been attacked]
Young Ham: Is that a Zoha land?
Noah: It was once, before they dug it all up.
Naameh: Should we go around?
[as they start walking across the village they notice bodies everywhere]
Young Ham: Do you think they’re all dead?
Naameh: It looks that way. They must have been scavenging here.
Noah: Then someone scavenged from them.
[suddenly they hear someone crying]
Noah: Stay close.
[they look around the dead bodies when Shem calls out to Noah]
Young Shem: Father, here!
[they find a young girl, Ila, who has a deep wound on her stomach]
Naameh: May I see it? Let me see.
[Naameh gently lifts Ila’s hand from her stomach and tends to her wound]
[as Naameh tends to Ila’s wound]
Naameh: Tell me your name? Do you have a name?
Young Ila: Ila. My name is Ila.
Naameh: Ila. You’re going to be alright, Ila. This is Shem, he’s going to hold your hand tight and he won’t let go.
[Shem takes Ila’s hand as Naameh dresses Ila’s wound, just then Noah spots the men who attacked the village in the distance]
Noah: We have to go. Now.
[the men starts rushing down the hill towards them]
Noah: Up the hill! Run!
[Noah takes Ila in his arms and they all start running off until they come to a dark rock filled area]
Naameh: We can’t go there.
[Noah hears the men getting closer]
Noah: We have no choice! Hurry!
[they all starts running towards the rock filled area and enter as the men continue to chase after them]
Noah: Shem, protect your mother, first and last. I love you. Run!
[Shem runs off, Noah turns to face the approaching men when suddenly a Watcher rises from the ground, the men stop and look up in fear, Noah turns to see what they’re looking at when suddenly the Watcher knocks Noah out]
[when Noah becomes conscious, Naameh is by his side]
Naameh: Noah, you alright?
[Noah rises and looks around him and sees they are in a pit, suddenly they are surrounded by the Watchers]
Noah: We are here to see Methuselah, my grandfather.
Og: A child of the old one.
Samyaza: We should have killed them!
Og: But, Samyaza…
Samyaza: This is a man, Og! Do you forget how they betrayed the Creator?
Noah: It is He who sends us!
Samyaza: It lies. Leave them here to rot.
[Samyaza and the other Watcher turn to leave, Og looks at Noah for a moment before turning to leave]
Young Shem: What are they?
Noah: The Watchers.
[Naameh, who’s holding Japheth in her arms goes over to Noah, he holds her protectively in his arms]
[later that night as Noah watches over his family as they sleep, Ila wakes calling for her father]
Young Ila: Father?
Noah: Sleep now.
Young Ila: Sing to me. I want my daddy to sing to me.
Noah: You know I too lost my father when I was very young. There’s a song he used to sing me sometimes when I couldn’t sleep. Would you like to hear it?
[Ila nods her head]
Noah: The moon is high, the trees entwine. Your father waits for thee, to wrap you in his sheltering wings, and whisper you to sleep. Your father is, the healing wind, that whispers you to sleep. That whispers as you sleep.
[he looks at Ila who’s fallen asleep, Noah looks at Naameh]
Noah: It’s an ugly wound.
Naameh: She’ll never have children. If the fever doesn’t take her, then she’ll live.
[suddenly Og appears, frightening them]
Og: Follow me.
[Og leads the family to see Methuselah]
Og: I’m sorry I frightened you. The Watchers have always feared men.
Young Shem: Then why are you helping us?
Og: The Creator formed us on the second day, the day He made the Heavens. We watched over Adam and Eve, saw their frailty and their love. And then we saw their fall, and we pitied them. We were not stone then, but light. It was not our place to interfere, yet we chose to try and help mankind and when we disobeyed the Creator, he punished us. We were encrusted by your world. Rock and mud shackled our fiery glow. Still we taught mankind all we knew of creation. With our help they rose from the dust and became great and mighty, but then they turned our gifts to violence. Only one man protected us, your grandfather Methuselah. We were hunted and most of us killed.
[in a flashback, we see a young Methuselah engaging an army of men, sending a wave of fire toward them with his sword to vanquish them]
Og: Those who lived were left prisoners in these stony shells who ruled in this barren land. We begged the Creator to take us home, but he was always silent. And now you claim that you have heard his call, Samyaza cannot accept this. A man, when it is man who broke the world. But I look at you, and I see what I saw in Adam again. The man I knew, the man I came to love.
[Og continues to take them Methuselah’s mountain]
[after they set up camp at the foot of Methuselah’s mountain, Noah and Shem get ready to set off up the mountain]
Young Ham: Why can’t I come?
Noah: Because I need you to look after mother. Do you understand?
[looking upset Ham walks away, Noah then turns to Naameh who embraces him lovingly, she then touches Shem’s face]
Naameh: And you look after your father.
[Shem smiles, then as Noah and Shem set off Noah turns to Og who is sitting near their camp]
Noah: Watch over them?
Og: They are in good hands.
[as Noah and Shem walk up the mountain Shem notices Methuselah in the distance]
Young Shem: Grandfather?
[Noah sees Methuselah going into his cave, Noah and Shem then enter the cave]
[Noah and Shem walk toward Methuselah]
Noah: This is your great grandfather, do you understand? Tell him your name.
[Shem takes a step closer to Methuselah]
Young Shem: I’m Shem.
Noah: My oldest.
Methuselah: Come closer. Let me see you.
[Shem steps closer to Methuselah]
Methuselah: You’re a lucky boy. I think you must have your mother’s looks, not your father’s.
Methuselah: Come and tell me about yourself.
[Shem sits next to Methuselah]
Methuselah: So, what do you like most in the world?
Young Shem: Berries.
Young Shem: Berries.
Methuselah: Ah, berries, yes. What can compete with fresh red berries? Nothing. Yes, it’s been so long I can barely remember the taste of them. Tell me, did you bring any?
[Shem shakes his head]
Methuselah: No? Oh. I’m craving them now. Ah, well. Perhaps one day. You must be tired, it’s a long way up here. Why not rest?
[he places his thumb on Shem’s forehead and blows in his face, Shem closes his eyes and falls asleep and Methuselah gently lays his head down on his bed]
Methuselah: How perfect?
[after Shem falls asleep, Methuselah indicates with his hand for Noah to sit]
Methuselah: What we need to discuss is not for boys.
Noah: You know why I’ve come?
[Methuselah hands Noah a cup of tea]
Methuselah: Yes. Before he walked on, my father Enoch, told me that one day if man continued in his ways, the Creator would annihilate this world.
Noah: So what I saw is true? All life blotted out because of what man has done. Can it not be averted?
Methuselah: Noah, you must trust that he speaks in a way that you can understand. So you tell me, can this destruction be averted?
[Noah pauses a moment before replying]
Noah: He sent me here. Why send me if there’s nothing I can do to stop them?
Methuselah: Well, perhaps he simply sent you here to share a cup of tea with an old man.
[Noah sips from his cup]
Methuselah: So, is that all you saw, the fires of destruction and this place?
Noah: No, not fire. Water.
Methuselah: Water? Huh, my father said it would be fire.
Noah: I saw water. Death by water. I saw death, and I saw new life. There’s something more, grandfather. Something I had to do, I know it, I just didn’t see what it was.
Methuselah: New life. Well, perhaps there is more for you to see. Did he not send you here to drink a cup of tea with an old man?
[Noah looks at his now empty cup and sees a seed in it]
Methuselah: It doesn’t always taste this bad.
[suddenly Noah has the same visions as before, only this time, as he is in the ocean, he sees animals of each kind swimming to the surface, going towards a wooden vessel]
[Noah comes to from his vision and hears Shem talking to Methuselah]
Methuselah: Was she hurt badly?
Young Shem: She had a big cut on her belly. Mother helped her, I held her hand.
Methuselah: You must have made her feel safe.
[Methuselah turns to look at Noah]
Noah: Fire consumes all. Water cleanses, it separates the foul from the pure, the wicked from the innocent. And that which sinks from that which rises. He destroys all, but only to start again.
Methuselah: You sure?
Noah: Yes. The storm cannot be stopped, but it can be survived.
Methuselah: Yeah. Well, you may need this. It’s a seed from the first garden, from Eden.
[he gives Noah the seed]
Methuselah: Remember, Noah, he chose you for a reason.
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