I am an atheist, but I have always enjoyed both Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments
because of the great dramatic spectacle and top-notch production values evident
in both stories. Those are great examples of Underdog vs. Authority, Good vs.
Evil, huge sets, sweeping vistas, a cast of thousands, that sort of thing.If the performances, direction and cinematography deliver a compelling,
well-scripted story, that's awesome and the religiosity of the film is
largely as irrelevant as whether or not the physics of Star Trek movies make
sense.But let's face it - motion pictures, whether mainstream
Hollywood or independent, that attempt to preach through their films are
generally flops at the box office. Audiences expecting to have their faith
affirmed usually do, even if the film is a stinker, but that's not enough
to make a commercial success and encourage follow-on films in the genre.People love their stories, and good fiction often is more inspiring than
good history, so a movie about Noah's Ark? OK, bring it.