This Rotten Week: Predicting Noah and Sabotage Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-03-23 17:17:36discussion comments
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Just when Iím overdoing it a bit with my t-shirt out on the deck this past weekend because the temperature had finally climbed above 55 degrees, I hear itís going to snow this week! Come on world. At least there are some decent flicks starting to pop up to offer some relief. This week weíve got floods and drug cartels.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

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Rotten Watch Prediction
If one night I were to start having visions of the end of the world, a rapture of sorts, replete with heavy volumes of water cascading over this once great Earth, well I would know something. I would know the big guy upstairs had a plan for me. This was a message for me to do what needed be done: Head on down to the local marina and make sure plenty of gas was in my Azimut Atlantis 58 and that the bar was was fully stocked. Those visions would also mean Heíd want me to tool it down to the islands for a spell. What else could He be trying to say? Good things shouldnít go to waste and itís been too long since Iíve been out on the sea. For Noah? The visions meant a little something different.

Want to see the flood? Check out the trailer for Noah:



For his visions, Noah sets out to build a big ass boat, and grab two of every living thing as the water washes out a generally unthankful human existence. (We could probably use another one of those soon) Itís the story from Genesis and frankly, this flick looks pretty damn good. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan-87%, The Wrestler-98%), Noah marks a shift for him into a big budget, big spectacle affair. And it looks like he mostly pulls it off. You know I mean it because when I first heard they were making this story into a movie I thought it sounded ridiculous.

It looks like, first and foremost, Aronofsky nailed the lead perfectly with Russell Crowe playing a generally reluctant but strong titular character. Additionally, the tone, setting and scope all seem to be there as well, a darker film full of impending doom. Iím intrigued. Not gaga. But intrigued.

Early reviews are generally positive though not overwhelmingly so. The tenor of most is that the film is ambitious and well done, but with its flaws. That is to say: it isnít perfect. I think reviews trend well over the course of the week with people lauding Croweís performance but having reservations about much Aronofsky tries to accomplish. And remember, when the rains starting falling head on down to the pier. Iíll try and squeeze you in.
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