"Noah" Hits Theatres, Sparks Controversy
By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Mar 28, 2014
Omaha, NE - A long-awaited movie floods theaters this weekend.
"Noah" will not be the story of the ark you heard in Sunday School.
In fact, the director, a self-professed atheist, calls it the "least biblical" Bible movie ever.
"What I learned as a Catholic and reading the Bible, it was about as far away as you can get," said Omaha resident Lester Kush, who saw the movie on Friday.
The fight between Paramount Pictures and religious groups centers around how true the movie is to the version in the Bible.
Deacon Tim McNeil, the Chancellor of the Omaha Archdiocese, has not seen the movie, but is familiar with the back-and-forth.
"They address, from my understanding, the storyline of sin and violence," said Deacon McNeil. "They don't really address man as being the pinnacle of creation, and there are little environmental tings to it."
McNeil said this happens every time the big screen and the Bible collide
"From all accounts, it is barely faithful to the story," he said. "Again, that is Hollywood."
Paramount Pictures put a disclaimer on the movie. It said in part: "While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide."
"I don't think it gets the message across at all," said Omaha resident Kathy Wieczorek, who also saw the movie on Friday. "I really don't. When you have rock formations fighting wars, it just doesn't hold a candle to anything. That is for sure."
For some moviegoers in Omaha, it's a story that never should have been touched.
"A story like that, I don't think you can ever put on film," said Kush. "It's too great."
The movie cost over $100 million to make. Predictions have it falling short of that at the box office.
This weekend will give us an idea of how receptive the faithful will be.