Exodus: Gods and Kings
Egyptian Princes Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) are raised together as brothers. When Ramses becomes pharaoh, Moses is his most-trusted adviser. However Moses soon discovers his Hebrew parentage, and Ramses banishes him to the desert -- often a death sentence. But God has a mission for Moses: Free the Israelites from slavery. Moses returns from exile and demands that Ramses let his people go, but the arrogant ruler is unmoved, leading to a battle of divine wills.
Release Date: December 12, 2014
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While Scott's picture has computer-generated effects to spare, especially in the plague scenes, its human interaction is stilted and uninvolving. Thus Moses' potentially intriguing spiritual development is only sketched out in the dialogue, and lacks the heft that might propel the audience along on its trajectory.December 19th, 2014 · Details
The best way to approach “Exodus” may be with measured expectations. It’s fun and exciting, but not mind-blowing. Critical, but faithful. The children of Israel still make it from Point A to Point B, but the road has been repaved.December 18th, 2014 · Details
EGYPT — The biblical-epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is now in theaters and all the speculation and curiosities about the big-budget tale of Moses can now be answered.
Director Ridley Scott took on the well-known story and has presented it in the grandest and most spectacular way we’ve seen yet. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is big, flashy, epic and long. Sometimes all of these massive elements play well for the film and at other times it hurts it.
While there is a lot to like about the story of Moses and Ramses, there are also several things that make this film fall a little short. Let’s start with the things that keep it from being one of Ridley Scott’s best.
Reasons to avoid it
The movie is 150 minutes and at times you feel every single one. The film starts off strong and includes one of the best battle scenes I’ve seen since “Gladiator,” another Ridley Scott film, but once the plagues hit Egypt things start to drag. Granted, some of the plagues are a sight to behold on the big screen, but they can become as tedious on the audience as the frogs were to the Egyptians.
From an entertainment standpoint, that is really the main flaw with the film. While there is a lot of story to tell in Moses’ story, it didn’t have to take so long to tell it. Again that’s not to say every scene is a drag-out fight with your attention span to stay focused, but you will find yourself having that battle on occasion.
Reasons to see it
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” will likely be the most epic spectacle you’ll see at the movies this year. Seeing the re-creation of ancient Egypt is mesmerizing and while the plagues tend to outstay their welcome, it’s pretty incredible to see them play out on screen.
Other high points of the film include Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. Both deliver solid performances, and while one is the villain and the other our hero, there are times we struggle to know who to cheer for. Both actors give really strong performances that should keep audiences intrigued the whole running time.
All in all the film is worth seeing for the spectacle, but not an absolute must. If we’re comparing it to the other biblical epic released earlier this year, “Noah,” then “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is clearly the better film.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is rated PG-13 for violence, including battle sequences and intense images. There is no language in the movie, and sexual content is almost non-existent, but the violence can be strong at times. The imagery of the brutality can definitely be disturbing as well.December 15th, 2014 · Details
Pestilence, boils and plagues — oh my! Swarms of flies, oozing pustules, alligator attacks and gaggles of frogs are vividly rendered in three dimensions in Exodus: Gods and Kings. And yet this biblical epic is still bland, overly long and otherwise forgettable
Ridley Scott, who showed his mastery of sword and sandal epics with Gladiator has taken on the story with an all-star (but mostly non Middle-Eastern) cast and the latest 3D technology to really deliver on the special effects. Not so much on the theology part, though, or even the morality or meaning of it. Scott is clearly more interested in chases and battles and plagues, and so busy with it that he leaves out some of the story’s most important incidents. For example, instead of having to leave the palace because he killed an Egyptian who was beating a slave, Scott gives us a soapy story about Ramses’ jealousy.
The good news about EXODUS is that the filmmakers keep away from gory, bloody violence, although there is plenty of action adventure and scares. The best part of the movie is the battle scenes. The movie’s theology is weak, but God is still the hero. Sadly, the movie suffers mostly from poor dramatic setup and a lack of depth and proper character arcs. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
Not everything takes the first exit ramp off the scriptural account, though. And the resulting combination of fact and artistic license can create some pretty robust conversations about what the Bible really does say about Moses and his mission of liberation. It's an optimistic view that's bolstered by us seeing that the shed blood of the Passover lamb—a foreshadowing of Christ's awesome work on the cross so many centuries later—still protects the Israelites in this tale. And Moses does indeed begin his own personal transformation when he's called, and he does indeed fulfill God's directive on his life, whether he really wants to or not.
— a Biblical epic lacking even a stab at preaching or inspiring. Like modern translations of the Bible compared to the King James version published in Shakespeare’s time, “Exodus” lacks the stentorian, poetic authority of the cornball Cecil B. DeMille “Ten Commandments.” You will never hear “BEHOLD, his mighty hand,” or anything remotely like it. It’s still an exciting, entertaining epic. But those hoping for a sermon might feel let down. Scott’s Old Testament may be action packed, but it doesn’t preach, not even to the choir.December 9th, 2014 · Details