Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

(2014)

Once brothers, now enemies.

Ridley Scott (Gladiator) bible epic. The story of 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

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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


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BY Gingus nobody

Unless your in it for the sheer spectacle then this isn't worth your time. Chock full of unnecessary characters and bland story telling, this film is a disappointment. Some scenes are good (the final plague is pretty chilling) but with the whole thing a solid three hours, there are better ways to spend your time.


BY Coraliee superstar

I'd heard from two different people not to bother to see this film, as it "sucked". However a visitor from overseas picked this to watch when we were taking her out for dinner and a movie.
It turned out to be very exciting and kept me engaged the entire time! I did start to get a sore bum because it was rather long, however I am glad that I went to see it!


BY Tania1 lister

Loved this movie done in the old style big budget of yester years


BY DJR lister

A movie that conjures no emotional connection whatsoever to the characters. Great visual work on the apocalyptic events, but overall the movie was like a 50's movie of little depth, just nice chariot/cart racing/war, speeches to the masses, and fancy dress.


BY thorinoak superstar

Although this film was beautiful as only Ridley Scott could deliver, built on the grandest scale, with actors that filled their roles brilliantly, the story was lacking some essential elements. The film was based around the relationship between Moses and Rameses, but at the expense of the plight of the Hebrews and their struggle for freedom which feels the back story here when, at least in the 'book', it is the main story. Also another problem with the film is with God. Its not the fact that... More God is cast as a child, the problem is that he could quite possibly be a figment of Moses' concussed, delusional mind. This takes away Moses' absolute certainty that God has spoken and that he must obey to save his people, no matter the cost. These two elements alone rob the film of the weight that it so desperately needed.Hide


The Press Reviews

29% of critics recommend.
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  • It is half turkey, half triumph. Full Review

  • A Biblical epic to shake your faith in the order of things, not reaffirm it. Full Review

  • Succeeds in conjuring a mighty and momentous spectacle while turning [Ridley Scott's] own skepticism into a potent source of moral and dramatic conflict. Full Review

  • No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show. Full Review

  • Its spiritual uncertainty - and lack of triumphalism - perhaps robs it of a truly satisfying, cathartic conclusion, but also makes for a truly modern, thoughtful biblical blockbuster. Full Review

  • Confuses and frustrates with an uneven mix of camp and tragedy layered through Scott's controversial biblical spectacle. Full Review

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