Exodus: Gods and Kings 3D(2014)
Once brothers, now enemies.
Ridley Scott (Gladiator) bible epic following Moses (Christian Bale) and his defiance of Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), leading 600,000 Israelite slaves out of Egypt. Also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.... More
Raised as a brother to Pharaoh-in-waiting Ramses, Moses has no idea he is himself Hebrew, a people enslaved by the Egyptians. Despite fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with Ramses, the pair find themselves at odds after a battlefield prophecy comes to pass. Eventually Moses finds himself banished after the conniving Hegep (Mendelsohn) informs Ramses, now Pharaoh, of his true lineage. Returning to Egypt years later, Moses tries to convince the Pharaoh to free the Hebrew people, but Ramses' refusal and cruel response unleashes the wrath of God upon the land.Hide
BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
Whether it’s an Alien sort-of prequel or Moses the Movie, you can’t deny Ridley Scott’s ability to make a film look gosh-darn pretty, nor his third dimensional eye that justifies the price of a 3D ticket. Exodus continually stimulates on a visual level throughout its two-and-a-half running time, with spectacular sights of a heavily populated civilisation, a storm of death that consumes the IMAX screen, and a single horse freaking out underneath a ten-storey wall of collapsing water.... More
It’s a real shame then that such stimulation isn’t fully present in the storytelling, especially in the first hour. The numerous plot threads in the lengthy set-up are delivered with plenty of regal formality and little expression – it’s like watching a history book act (albeit a nicely illustrated history book).
It’s only when Moses hits his head and hears the word of God that the film find its much-needed focus, going from painfully boring costume drama to a high-stakes (super)natural disaster film. It allows its star performers – Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses – to charge at each other in a joust of emotions, with Edgerton valiantly holding his own against Oscar-winning Bale.
When the plagues commence, both men become rattled in their separate faiths (Moses’ belief in God; Ramses’ belief in himself) while showing great disdain for the other’s. Ironically, God is no angel in the film, and when Ramses points out this very clear fact, Moses doesn’t have a reply. Unfortunately, neither does the film’s ending, making you feel like the most interesting conflict in the movie has been neglected.Hide