It’s not always safe to take a film’s version of history at face value. Viewers who take the time to consult a trustworthy source often find major discrepancies with actual history. Such is the case with the upcoming big-budget Hollywood drama, Noah. According to Answers magazine subscribers who have seen a rough cut of the film, Noah not only contradicts the Genesis text in many places but also exercises more than the usual artistic license (some quite bizarre).*
The producers asked those who previewed the movie not to reveal specific plot lines, but even a summary of its content shows its disregard for the facts. (Look for a full movie review here after its release.) Rather than biography or even historical fiction, Noah is better described as a fantasy loosely based on characters from the Bible.
Still, the film may have a positive influence in instances where people are inspired to read Genesis for themselves and discover the truth about God’s grace towards Noah’s family, as well as His judgement on a wicked world.