Even before the rain fell, there were questions.
Would “Noah” the big-budget action movie from Paramount Pictures, alienate the faithful? Would it attract the secular masses it needs to earn back its $125 million production budget? And most importantly, would Hollywood’s splashy return to biblical epics float with key religious leaders?
Already, some of those leaders who have seen it say the movie””which opens Friday and is loaded with special effects””takes liberties with the Bible account. Some Christian leaders argue the film repurposes the book of Genesis as a modern-day environmentalist parable, layered with details not found in scripture.
Three Arab countries are even refusing to release the movie….