(08e) I finally watched the movie 'Noah'
I finally saw the movie 'Noah' with Russell Crowe. I think it is a good one that reflects more what is written in the 'Book of Enoch' than what is written in the Bible (as that is hardly anything), including references to the 'Watchers' or angels who are shown as moving stones that prevents them from returning to Heaven. But the film also includes own interpretation.
The WatchersThe Watchers came to earth to teach humans many things. But as they disobeyed God's command not to descend to Earth to help the humans after they were forced out of Paradise (I think because humans already started destroying the Earth and the apple tree represented the last food source that was destroyed so people had to move to other places for food), the Watchers were no longer allowed to return to Heaven. I like it that the heavenly beings had to remain on the Earth so they too were forced to make choices when things would go wrong due to their actions (similar in the Greek story where Prometheus gave fire to humans (who then used it to conquer the world) and as a consequence was punished but eventual released after human started using fire for the good).
Some Watchers became vengeful because they couldn't return to Heaven and chose to corrupt humans by explaining them how the knowledge could be used for their own advantage while the humans didn't yet understand all its consequences (even today often new discoveries are used for the development of new weapons before the invention is used for better purposes while many investment bankers use their advance knowledge for their own profit while it hurts ordinary people). The fallen Watchers also started to have children with women (the so-called half-gods in stories) as they wanted to found dynasties that would rule the Earth while many humans chose the side of the fallen Watchers as that made more profit than obeying nature's laws such as do not kill more than needed to eat. Probably the king was one of the children of these fallen angels.
Other Watchers however remained loyal to their original plan to help humans while they were sad to see how many of the humans used the knowledge against each other for their own profits. In the end, 'good' Watchers sacrificed themselves to save the animals in the ark and the people that God considered to be good (and thus they obeyed God) and as a result they protected live on Earth and thus were allowed to return to Heaven while the bad Watchers were destroyed together with the bad humans (although many were already killed by humans so they could rule the world alone).
All creatures with a free will are forced to choose in a crisis although this isn't always easy - indeed, it is difficult to make the decision to risk ones own life to save another life.
Humans - past and present
We were many; I was really scared. The water has no end and no beginning. A lot of people were fighting with sharp objects. There were Muslims and Christians. They said they didn’t want Christians on the boat. I was one of them.
- their habits and religions are different from ours but also
- due to increased competition on the job market while also
- the social security systems becomes too expensive.
Evolution of Noah throughout film and his relation with his son Ham
The movie tries to explain the bad relation between Noah and his son Ham while it also shows Noah's evolution. When life became more difficult, Noah killed men who killed an animal (and today also many people will say it is madness to defend animals against hunters). So from a peaceful vegetarian he became a murderer. After this, he and his family had to flee his region and while on the run he found a wounded girl and saved her live.
Years later, his son Ham (who is single in the movie) tried to find a wife before boarding the boat and he found a nice girl who was hiding from other people. Ham and the girl ran off to the boat as the rain started to fall while everyone else also understood the deluge had started and thus started running towards the boat. But the girl got trapped and while Ham tried to rescue the girl, Noah only saved his son while the girl was trampled under the feet of the people. This shows how values can change in an evil world: while before he saved a girl who later became the wife of his oldest son, later he no longer saved an innocent girl because he could no longer believe someone could still exist who was good. And I understand this reaction as Noah had seen so much violence he couldn't believe a single nice person still existed. Similarly when too many people beg for money on the street so people start to mistrust people who simply want to ask something.
As a result, Ham was angry and helped the old king who managed to get on the boat although when the king almost killed his father, the son defended his father and killed the king. This was something remarkable because most people may not have saved their father as he was planning to kill his newborn granddaughters (even the oldest son wanted to kill his father to protect his daughters). As Noah survived, he could still kill the girls although his love for them made him return to reality so they survived. At the end, Ham decided to leave the family, probably to control himself because he had no wife and probably didn't want to take the wife of his brother. Indeed, he preferred loneliness above being unsure he could restrain himself. While the Bible indicates Ham had children of whom his son Canaan was cursed, the film shows how Noah is blessing all his children because he loves them all. This storyline is not accepted by fanatics because it shows compassion.