A new film about Noah is due to be released in March 2014, featuring many ‘big name’ Hollywood actors, including Russell Crowe in the title role, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. I am always interested in films which tackle Biblical themes (and films that don’t overtly tackle these themes but often approach them more obliquely), for I think it is vital that Biblical stories are re-told in such a way as to engage the imagination and help people to understand the stories in a fresh way. We often forget just how few of these major stories are actually known in our post-Christian modern society and so it is good when they are re-told. I have no idea how faithful to the Biblical text this film will be, but if you watch the trailer below, it is very interesting to me that one of the songs used there is the modern worship song ‘Spirit, Break Out’, written by Luke Hellebronth and the title track of a Worship Central album released a few years ago. I find it exciting to think that these lyrics – which are essentially a prayer – will be heard nationwide in cinemas next year!

‘Spirit, break out,
Break our walls down.
Spirit, break out,
Heaven come down.

Our Father, all of heaven roars Your name.
Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise.
Can you hear it?
The sound of heaven touching earth,
The sound of heaven touching earth.

King Jesus, You’re the name we’re lifting high
Your glory shaking up the earth and skies
Revival we want to see Your kingdom here
We want to see Your kingdom here.’ (‘Spirit, Break Out’, Luke Hellebronth, Tim Hughes, Ben Bryant, Myles Dhillon)

‘Noah’ film trailer
‘Spirit, Break Out’, Worship Central