Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Gist: Cousins Moses and Ramses are raised together in Egypt and are very close. Their relationship will be put to the test when, as adults, Ramses becomes the pharaoh and Moses is revealed to have Jewish ancestry, and is therefore a slave. When God reveals himself to Moses and orders him to save his people, he will rise up against Ramses.

Although I'm not religious at all, I usually enjoy movies based on biblical tales. Exodus: Gods and Kings, is one such film and my main reason to watch it was the gorgeous and talented Christian Bale and the likely fantastic visual effects.

Neither disappointed, and when the movie ended I also realized that it was directed by Ridley Scott, one of my favorite directors, so win-win.

I was primarily curious to see how they would have rendered the most famous event related to Moses, the parting of the Red Sea, and while it wasn't exactly how I imagined it, it was really, really good.

The Bottom Line: I enjoyed Exodus: Gods and Kings, even though it's far from memorable. It's well put together, the acting is good, and there are some terrific action scenes. The costumes, cinematography, visual effects, and production design are all top notch too.

Grade: 7

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