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‘Noah’: Razor-sharp Russell Crowe on a mission from God

This is not your father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s Noah.

This is a “Noah” for the 21st century, one of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film.

It’s also already ticking off some people, including a few who haven’t actually seen the film before deciding it is blasphemous propaganda.

What it actually is is a movie — a stylized but never disrespectful take on one of the most well known stories in the history of civilization.

Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky has delivered a bold, visually stunning, emotionally involving and sometimes just plain loony interpretation of the legendary tale from the Book of Genesis of the man and the ark and the two-of-every-kind animals and the 40 days and nights of rain. This is a biblical epic with an apocalyptic look, filled with thunderous special effects and amazing sets. “Noah” looks as pricey and ambitious as a “Lord of the Rings” movie and sometimes plays like the Old Testament as filtered through a “Braveheart” lens…

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