By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: #ExodusGodsandKings is an epic blockbuster Biblical tale that will satisfy those fans of religious fare and visual cinematic entertainment.
The Gist: It’s basically The Ten Commandments remake where Moses leads the Jews to freedom as he parts the Red Sea, speaks to the God through the Burning Bush (as well as appearing as a small child), and we see the 7 Plagues in 3D.
What Works: This is Ridley Scott directing. You can say anything you want about the man, but what you can’t say is that he can’t make a visually epic film. Scott is in rare form here. His visuals here are, literally, of “biblical spectacle proportions”. The depth, size, scale, scope of the 3D landscapes are staggering. Both Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton were convincing and compelling as Moses and Ramses and the story as you know, is one of the greatest ever told.
What Doesn’t Work: If you had to find flaws with the film, you ca look toward the supporting cast. A very talented ensemble constituted of Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul amongst others, barely got any screen time, therefore, their talents weren’t used to their potential. Also, there is the issue of casting. Weaver, who plays the mother of King Ramses, should have been played by a more native actress since the part was so small.
Pay or Nay? Pay. This a Biblical blockbuster that is both stunning to see and enthralling to watch. There are long intense action sequences, tremendous visual 3D effects, two strong lead performances and a director who is a legend. From what I’ve seen, Exodus: Gods and Kings is the real deal and worth the price of admission.
You can also check out Ridley and crew talking to me about Colombia and Gabriel García Márquez.
Rated: PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images
Release Date: December 12, 2015
Screenplay: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Director(s): Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Emun Elliott, John Turturro, María Valverde, Anton Alexander, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn, Golshifteh Farahani, Hiam Abbass, Kevork Malikyan, Andrew Tarbet, Aaron Neil, Anna Savva, Barrie Martin, Gerard Monaco, Ghassan Massoud
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Film Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama