Friday, 26 December 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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. 

Exodus: Gods and kings is directed by Ridley Scott, stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. There are a lot of controversy around this movie. I really do love Ridley Scott. I have a huge respect for his work as he made some of the best sci-fie movies of all time and he continues to make a tone of films. First of all the opening battle sequence is spectacular and beautifully filmed. Everything from the ten plagues to the end of the Red Sea sequence is absolutely fantastic as well; though somethings in between are a bit hard to get through. Secondly, Joel Edgerton's character is good and he is a great actor, but not for that part; John Turturro stands out as an actor, he's almost comical. It's great to see Sigourney Weaver back in a Ridley Scott film even if she has like two lines so there's not much to be excited about. Plus, Ben Kingsley and Chistian Bale deliver really good performances. In fact Christian Bale ads a lot of emotion to Moses' character, as you can perfectly understand his family position and his life once he discovers about his youth. Moses is depicted differently than before as he really is human in this film and not this faithful unbreakable rock. However, it missed something about the brotherhood relationship between Moses and Ramses as they never really get to face each other till the end of the movie, we don't get to see their evolution. Finally, the last scene of the Red Sea is so well done, Ridley Scott genuinely knows epic and clearly understands how to show an awesome battle scene. The scope of this film is huge displaying a modern tale of Moses story in which Egypt never looked so big and grand; just like it should have been at that time.

Overall the entire film looks beautiful with great performances from leading actors, I loved the epic scope but it may be a bit too long.

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