(This review may contain spoilers).
I… have really mixed feelings about this film. Up until maybe two-thirds of the way through, I was actually enjoying this film. And then I wanted to get up and leave the cinema. And why is that?
I started rooting for the bad guy.
I’ve only done that a few times before and it’s normally because the bad guy actually ends up being the lesser of two evils. When the hero goes bad, he or she really goes bad.
The visuals of this film were actually done really well. The Watchers were an intriguing idea in it and there were many scenes that were visually appealing.
The actors were what saved this film for me. I’ve seen many of them in media before, but the characters they portrayed really got to me in this. Even when I felt like the film had hit rock bottom, I couldn’t leave. The emotions that came through basically pinned me in place.
I often find it difficult to relate to Russell Crowe as an actor. I can’t really say why, but I think he portrays the (true) bad guy better. In his portrayal of Noah, though, I was run through a full gauntlet of emotions. In a way, I felt quite emotionally drained by the end.
I personally don’t think I’ll watch this film again. And there was a point I was prepared to recommend people don’t watch unless they’re prepared for how emotionally devastating it is. But even if you watch it only the once, I do think it’s worth seeing.