Exodus: Gods And Kings (Film Review)

Dec 6, 2014
We really need another one, do we? I kept asking myself this question and it haunts me over and over as I watch Ridley Scott unfolds the story of Hebrews and their escape to Egyptian captivity in 'Exodus: Gods And Kings'. We have seen this story being exhaustively retold in the pop culture -- with live-action features in the '50s to a animated movie with Val Kilmer as Moses. And while this is a very ambitious story to tackle on the modern audience, we all come to the conclusion wherein what we see is very unnecessary.
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
This year sees the return of Biblical epics being adapted again to the big screen. Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' was very bloated, so the hopes of 'Exodus' being good was lowered. In fact, you should be, because this movie undergoes the same route as the former.
At front, it's obvious that Ridley Scott is trying his luck to go back to the 'Gladiator'-epic genre that nab him his first Oscar for directing. But what he does with this film is neither action nor drama: but comedy. There's a lot of sequences in this film that were too goofy that it steps away from its source material, and took a sh** on it. It is a very lame movie that with it's two-and-a-half hours running time, you can't do nothing but to point out every single atrocities this present.

Let's start off with the obvious one, the parting of the red sea in the movie was a big middle finger to the Bible. The sequence goes like this: Everyone was running from their lives because the sea is returning to its true form, and Moses on the other hand sets out a hilarious confrontation with Ramses in the middle of the sea; just standing there, waiting for the waves to wash them. The scene ends up with the two surprisingly, impossibly surviving amidst the strong waves that attacked them. It is a cheesy moment that meant nothing.
God was presented as a 11-year old Kid here, and (this will cause me a lot of hate for this) it annoys me so much. Even the movie's hoping strength Christian Bale didn't leave an impression.

The ten plagues sequence was decent, with a massive amount of CGI being thrown to the audience. But then again, they decided to be goofy on it.

The geek rates it 4/10!

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' is now showing in 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D theaters nationwide locally distributed by 20th Century Fox!
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