Thursday, 14 November 2013

Noah Begins: First Trailer for Biblical Epic with Russell Crowe

Russel Crowe is about to get biblical on the ass of Ray Winstone in the new trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Noah. The brand new trailer sees a storm brewing in ye olden days as Crowe's Noah gathers his family around him in order to build an ark. If you don't know the story then you obviously missed Sunday School. God tells Noah he is about to cleanse the Earth of sin by sending a huge flood to drown the planet. Only those on Noah's ark will be saved so the the animals start to arrive two by two and he hastily builds the thing before the rain comes and washes everything away.

Darren Aronofsky is a long, long way from the early days of his career making low budget dramas like Pi and Requiem for a Dream and though he has dabbled in the waters of the mainstream with critically lauded works such as The Wrestler and Black Swan, this will be easily his biggest budget and most epic undertaking to date. Requiem for a Dream is one of my favourite films of all time but Noah looks a million miles away from that stylish and brutally bleak moralistic tale of drug addiction and despair.

The trailer looks pretty spectacular with Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman all taking centre stage. Its a heavy hitting cast and Aronofsky looks set to spice things up with plenty of action and epic special effects. It should wash away the remnants of any memories of Evan Almighty anyway. Let's hope with all the tools at his disposal, Aronofsky does not turn this into a biblical version of Roland Emmerich's 2012 though.

Russel Crowe might be more action man than dedicated God follower and his Noah is likely to take on the hordes outside led by Ray Winstone (Noah you slaaaaaaag) with a dash of Maximus and a sprinkle of Robin Hood. There are two versions of the trailer, one for the US and one for the UK. Either one you choose, this is definitely just the beginning of a marketing campaign that will likely flood our brains right up until its March 2014 release. Both trailers are below:

US version

UK version

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