"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 as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape...more
"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 as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. less
“Despite its stunning visuals and exemplary star cast, Exodus is an epic disappointment. ”
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Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' tells the biblical story of Rhamses and Moses, an old-fashioned brothers-in-arms-turned-bitter-rivals about the latter leading the Jews' liberation from slavery against the former's empire. Scott's version hints at a revisionistic approach: shots of Moses (Christian Bale) talking to god often cut to perspective shots of another character watching him talk to himself. The movie seems to question unbridled faith in god, almost portraying Bale's character as a madman whose irrationalality serves a noble cause. But unlike Brett Ratner's intelligent 'Hercules' which also depicted a mythological epic cleverly marrying subversive revisionism with genuine myth-making, 'Exodus' is a tiresome, and at times problematic, retelling of the story. The drama between the two leaders mostly feels trite, and it's hard to accept the catastrophic setpieces as pure spectacle because the movie claws at Big Themes in a far too self-serious fashion. Scott treats the destruction - the ten commandments - with enough propulsion for an action movie, but I simply couldn't get myself to enjoy the spectacle because Scott seems to perversely linger on the misery of the people. Most of the movie comes across as laboured and humourless, one which wants to deal with profound ideas but one that doesn't infuse life into its drama. Scott's generic, lackluster visual style dominated by greasy browns and pale, grim bluish greys, is especially painful to look at what with the darkening, headache-inducing 3D. I was genuinely invested in the initially non-believing Moses' tale of turning into a believer/madman-messiah, but the movie doesn't really go anywhere with it and the other uninteresting aspects of the movie are far too distracting. For a purported epic, it's disappointing how meatless 'Exodus' turns out to be.