In ancient Egypt, the mighty kingdom is ruled Pharaoh Seti I. When a prophecy is told, it is the catalyst to his son Ramesses rift with his trusted adviser Moses. When it’s revealed that Moses is not a real Egyptian, but actually of Hebrew heritage like the many slaves in the kingdom, he is exiled. As time goes by Moses starts a family, but eventually realizes that he was born to do something extraordinary; lead his people to freedom.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is Ridley Scott’s new epic. Now to be honest, this film is no Gladiator, but Scott has directed a film that shines in many areas, and lags a bit in others. For starters the scope and images put on-screen are grand. We see ancient Egypt through the CGI monuments and the vast landscapes, and this brings to life the vision that the director wanted. Whether it’s the costumes, sets, or props, they are all well designed and made, giving the film a high sense of historical accuracy. The cinematography also brings to light the blazing heat and brightness of the region, which works wonders on the big screen format of IMAX/AVX.
However, while the surroundings are able to bring life to the film, some of the actors seem to bring down it. Christian Bale delivers another powerful performance as Moses and Joel Edgerton does a fine job as Ramesses. But other than the lead pair, the rest of the cast is not up to par. Ben Kinglsey and Aaron Paul play their roles decently while John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver seem to be miscast. Though the latter two don’t receive significant time on-screen, it does make their respective scenes hard to watch.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is the well told story of Moses, and it is probably the most action filled and grand retelling of that story that has ever been shown. The sequences featuring Moses speaking to God are quite interesting, and the scenes which feature the various plagues that strike the kingdom are intense and are some of the highlights of the film. The initial battle scene where the prophecy is fulfilled could have been a little more engaging and well made, while the parting of the Red Sea sequence is an interesting new take.