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Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

‘Finding Noah’ review: too much expedition, not enough theology or discovery

Fathom Events partnered with 17K ASL, Propeller, and Alchemy to bring the documentary Finding Noah to select cinemas and capture the dangerous expedition up Mount Ararat to seek evidence to the location of Noah’s ark.

Brave archaeologists, theologians, and explorers gathered for an annual trip up the peak, this time captured on film, directed by Brent Braum. After a brief recap of historical reports and scientific evidence which all point to Mount Ararat as the final resting place of Noah’s Ark after the great worldwide flood, the story chronicles each adventurer, the dangers of the climb and some of the technology used to location wood particles or evidence of the great ship.

Few have endured Agri Dagh, which means “The Painful Mountain” and the film captures that difficulty well. From political unrest or gunfire between terrorist factions and government forces to the sheering wind at the peak.

Mount Ararat  photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Mount Ararat photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Promoted as a “…quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation,” Finding Noah became a documentary capturing the difficult expedition and offered little else. The “human spirit” and faith of the explorers came into play in predictable manner, but in less than thrilling scenes.

Fortunately nothing appears manufactured, but unfortunately, little actually results from the climb. Thanks to Fathom for airing the event and giving the audience a chance to see the geography, hear the bustling wind and understanding the dangers of exploring this region.

The film asked if Noah and his Ark actually exist, but came away with more questions and proof that finding evidence is less and less likely as each years on the mountain is likely destroying the organic material.

Narrated by Academy Award®nominee Gary Sinise offered up narration, but was never impactful.

Overall Finding Noah receives 2 out of 5 stars

Usually I can offer “upside” for certain viewers, but I can only offer warnings. Take away a star if you are seeking a theological discussion and exploration. Deduct a star if you are interested in mountain climbing films, documentaries or just historical pieces — there is little special about Finding Noah that you can’t get elsewhere or on the DVD release.

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