The survival of mankind hangs in the balance when Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, usurps Egypt's throne and plunges the prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Hoping to save the world and rescue his true love, a defiant mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) forms an unlikely alliance with the powerful go...more
The survival of mankind hangs in the balance when Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, usurps Egypt's throne and plunges the prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Hoping to save the world and rescue his true love, a defiant mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) forms an unlikely alliance with the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Their battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens for an epic confrontation. less
There's only so much a film franchise can do to let its audience not lose grip over a product they have been savoring for so long. To everyone who believed Gods of Egypt could well be the next Hunger Games for the makers, the film comes with waiving a colorful flag that only reads 'Disappointment'. Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt is everything you've seen already and mostly that you don't want to see anymore. If only Gerard Butler was enough to get this fantasy far more engaging (which it's not), the makers would have at least shown some concern to assemble a fitting cast.
The period fantasy is set in the times when mortals of Egypt were ruled by Gods possessing supreme powers and unmatchable assets. The film begins with the coronation of Horus (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) who will now take over as the new king of Egypt. The unexpected prevails as Set the evil uncle of Horus played by Gerard Butler invades and kills Horus' father. He later willfully takes over as the new king and then you know what's to follow. Meanwhile there's this clever thief Beck (Brenton Thwarties) who is tagged along with Horus to take revenge with Set so he could get his dead girlfriend (Courtney Eaton) back.
Laced with situations already seen a million times on screen, filmmaker Alex Proyas doesn't even pretend to showcase he's trying something different. When you put Gods of Egypt on the table analyzing its flow, you feel it's Game of Thrones minus the exhilaration. The visual effects are well made out and at times strike you as a wonderful compilation of CGI-VFX. Although, the visuals at a point of time loose out of strength to make up for the tiresome journey the film is taking us through.
The only plus you could seem to attach with this fantasy war drama is Gerard Butler. The fine actor again showcases how negative characters take out the best in him. He is fierce, obnoxious and so much believable as Set, the evil king. I wish there were enough fine actors to compliment him well though the movie. Nikolaj Coaster is okay and Thwarties still has some work cut out. On the whole, Gods of Egypt doesn't live up to the hype and magnanimity it is set on and falls well short of expectations. Take your kids out for this fantasy drama but I guess even they've had enough of it.