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5 Muslim Movie Reviews

What gets the thumbs up and the thumbs down from the Soldiers of Allah?

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Robert Spencer

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March 9, 2014 - 8:14 am
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Siskel and Ebert they ain’t, but Islamic scholars, supremacists, jihadists and pressure groups have made their views known, often in quite colorful ways, about numerous motion pictures that you may want to catch. So grab some popcorn and some old tomatoes: it’s movie time down at the mosque!

5. Thumbs down: Noah

Russell Crowe’s lavish Biblical epic Noah is about to be released in the Middle East, and Muslim scholars are enraged. It has been banned in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Cairo’s Al-Azhar, which Barack Obama has praised as “a beacon of Islamic learning,” issued a statement denouncing the film as un-Islamic and calling for it to be banned. Some Muslim scholars in Egypt have even called for the destruction of any theater that dared to show the film.

The film has aroused such fury because, as Al-Azhar explained, depicting a prophet of Islam (as Noah is; his story is told and retold in the Qur’an, and he gives his name to the Muslim holy book’s 71st sura) “contradicts the stature of prophets and messengers … and antagonises the faithful.” Mahmoud Mehanna, a member of Al-Azhar’s Senior Scholars, added that “prophets, their voices, and even their shadows cannot be depicted,” helpfully explaining that “prophets are holy people.”

This is, of course, why we have not seen Muslims make laudatory films about Muhammad, even for proselytizing purposes: the story of a prophet who cannot be shown, even in shadow, and whose voice cannot be heard makes for a dramatic vacancy the size of a movie directed by Peter Jackson (the perpetrator of the interminably turgid Lord of the Rings series). Those who dare transgress against these strictures and depict a prophet face the prospect of being declared a blasphemer, which could mean demonstrations, riots, death fatwas, and worse.

This is true of Russell Crowe, even though his film depicts a lesser prophet. He may have started out trying to be the next Charlton Heston, and could wind up instead being the next Salman Rushdie.

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Read some history ---
Rome destroyed Israel in 70 AD and transported all of the Christians and Jews that they could capture as slaves all across the Roman Empire. Those people who fled into the deserts of Arabi, Christian and Jew, spent the next 500 years civilizing the Arab people and building cities... Think about this, 500 years is a long time in human history.... The Christians and Jews who escaped the Roman enslavement lived in Arabi for 500 years before the coming of Mohammad.... Arabi, the land of the Nomad tribes of goat herders who, since the time of Abraham, had been conducting tribal wars against each other and wandering around in a wasteland.
Who do you think built the cities in Arabi, certainly not the Arabs, they had been there for thousands of years and never constructed anything, they were tent dwellers and wandering warriors looking for trouble...
Then along came Mohammad and with him came trouble and death to all Jews and Christians in Arabi. In less than 50 years Arabi was forever changed and it is still suffering under the same yoke put there by Mohammad..... Some day intelligence will prevail, but it will no be soon.
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Muslims need to take their 7th century world views ,fold them up real nice and stick them where the sun don't shine. Islam is not a religion.
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Non Stop. 2 Thumbs Up!
23 weeks ago
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Islams god is the devil......of course it hates anything Even remotely true to the bible
23 weeks ago
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The one thing Muslims don't get, and never will, is that for every nice and lavish thing they tell us Islam is..

Their actions directly contradict all of it.

Islam's biggest enemy, is muslims.. brutish, thuggish, ignorant hate filled ultra violent muslims. Who demand a Christian film has to conform to muslim codes..

How about, Hell no..

I'm not a huge fan of "artistic license" in Biblical films, but I am a believer in the right of people to make these films. Without the fear of some low wage muslim fanatics trying to burn down theaters and murder directers.

One Youtube comment page, where the Son of God trailer was posted, was ruined by some halfwit muslim trolling every comment with, Jesus never siad that he was the son of God, then launching int o muslim scripture to demand we not see the film.

Telling him we were Christians and did not believe what muslims do, only made him nuttier. He as a muslim, claimed veto power over anything we see, because, well, muslim....... and no spellchecker, I will not use a capital M for muslim. A 7th century death cult used to justify theft and pillaging by tribal thugs.

It is my right as an American to be a Christian, no muslim gets to tell me how I practice that belief.
23 weeks ago
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Lucky for them John Huston isn't around should they attempt to quash his film The Bible.
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"Peter Jackson (the perpetrator of the interminably turgid Lord of the Rings series)"

Biytch, please.
23 weeks ago
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There was an American film on Mohammed. They made sure never to show his face. There were actions and hostage-taking in Washington, DC.

I find it very hypocritical of our side that we never tried to get that guy out of prision.
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He earned his consequences by violating the terms of his parole.
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Interesting. I considered the original book idiotic, even - I hesitate to say this - borderline anti-Semitic. After that, I refused to have anything to do with anything related to Tom Clancy, whose stuff I had enjoyed.

But Arabs have a lower threshold. I don't know whether to be upset or jealous.
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"Russell Crowe’s lavish Biblical epic Noah is about to be released in the Middle East, and Muslim scholars are enraged. It has been banned in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Cairo’s Al-Azhar, which Barack Obama has praised as “a beacon of Islamic learning,” issued a statement denouncing the film as un-Islamic and calling for it to be banned."

I wasn't even considering going to that movie, but now I think I will.
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You might want to read about it in Walter Hudson's article.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/03/11/noah-set-to-flip-the-biblical-script/
23 weeks ago
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Still won't.
23 weeks ago
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Read some history ---
Rome destroyed Israel in 70 AD and transported all of the Christians and Jews that they could capture as slaves all across the Roman Empire. Those people who fled into the deserts of Arabi, Christian and Jew, spent the next 500 years civilizing the Arab people and building cities... Think about this, 500 years is a long time in human history.... The Christians and Jews who escaped the Roman enslavement lived in Arabi for 500 years before the coming of Mohammad.... Arabi, the land of the Nomad tribes of goat herders who, since the time of Abraham, had been conducting tribal wars against each other and wandering around in a wasteland.
Who do you think built the cities in Arabi, certainly not the Arabs, they had been there for thousands of years and never constructed anything, they were tent dwellers and wandering warriors looking for trouble...
Then along came Mohammad and with him came trouble and death to all Jews and Christians in Arabi. In less than 50 years Arabi was forever changed and it is still suffering under the same yoke put there by Mohammad..... Some day intelligence will prevail, but it will no be soon.
23 weeks ago
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Muslims need to take their 7th century world views ,fold them up real nice and stick them where the sun don't shine. Islam is not a religion.
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While Mohammad made a very ugly man, he would have made a handsome pig.
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