Saturday, December 27, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings Movie Review

Joel Edgerton & Christian Bale (r) star in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Pale in Comparison

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Scott stumbles (again) in this laughably bad anti-epic. Bale and Edgerton make poor substitutes for The Ten Commandments' Charlton Heston & Yul Brynner; and all that remains is awful acting, endless CGI and an avalanche of dead horses... including one that gets eaten by sharks! Did I mention the burning bush is replaced by an ├╝ber-arrogant kid with a Shakespearean accent? Oh, and its 2½ hours long. Even Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver are wasted in useless cameos. Aaron Paul too (insert non-white here.) Finally a good reason to move to Egypt (where the film was banned for historical inaccuracies.)