I want to sidestep the ‘how much of it is really Biblical’ argument for a moment and instead concentrate on the story as depicted in the film. When Noah discovers that he is going to be a grandfather he starts to lose the plot. He decides no one should survive the flood – including his unborn grandchildren. And so begins the most moving part of the film for me. Noah intends to butcher the children as soon as they are born. The horror of this really gripped me.
At this point in the movie the story reminded me a little of the account of Jonah – the way he became overly destructive in Ninevah, disappointed when God did not destroy the Ninevites, but instead showed compassion. And this led me to consider a question. The God we see portrayed in this film is mostly one of destruction, so when your God embodies destruction how long before you become destructive yourself, as Noah does here?
On the flipside when your God embodies compassion how long before you become compassionate? Jesus once had a meal with a grumpy old Pharisee. A wayward woman came in and washed Jesus’ feet. When the Pharisee took issue with this Jesus told him that the woman was compassionate and caring because she had experienced the forgiveness, rather than the judgement of God.