Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver

Ramses and Moses were raised as brothers, but when they grew up and the Pharaoh dies, everything changes. Moses discovers that he has been fighting his own people, and Ramses comes ruler of Egypt. Moses goes to his people and works to free the slaves from Egypt, while God places seven plagues on the land. Across Egypt, Moses leads 600,000 slaves to the promise land.

This movie is more or less the life story of Moses and the major point in his life. The movie was epic. I know there are bad reviews out there for this movie, but I just ignored them and watched it anyway. The movie looks so good that at times it looks like you are looking out of a window. The special effects are over the top. The scenes of the plague were really cool and well made, but it was the crossing of the Red Sea that was the E-ticket of the movie. It started out a bit disappointing, but the climax was well worth the wait.

The only real problem I had with the movie was the cast. Most of the people in the movie at least looked somewhat ethic, as in from the Middle East to make the movie look better. Christian Bale was the whitest most English looking person in the world compared to all of the other cast. He really did stand out in the crowd. His acting was passable and that was about it. I really wanted to see more passion in his performance. He is playing Moses, the one man that was one of the major people in religion. He was more than just an ordinary man.

The other problem that I had was when Moses was speaking to God, God was presented as a little British boy. Why was that? Did we really need to seed a vision of God to believe that was whom he was talking to. For one thing, at first the boy was not even recognized to be God. If someone that does not know anything about religion, they may not know who he was speaking to. It could have been a wise little boy lost, or he could be hallucinating. It just did not set that well with me.

This movie is still really good to watch, no matter what others may say.  It is an epic movie, and it may change your life. Who knows? Give it a chance and watch it on a really good TV, if you can. Enjoy. 

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Trailer

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