Exodus: Gods and Kings – A True Epic

The new film from visionary director, Ridley Scott, is an action packed rollercoaster.

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver

Certificate: 12A

Release: In Cinemas Now

Exodus: Gods and Kings is one of the biggest epics of the 21st Century.

The film is an adaptation of the Biblical story of Moses who rescued the Hebrews slaves from the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses.

Everything from the huge cast to the enormous set designs, this film really brought back the concept of an epic movie such as those made in the 1950s including Ben-Hur.

Despite being an adaptation of a miracle filled story, the film focused more on the humanity of Moses.

As the film progressed, the ten plagues of Egypt (or the power of God) was shown and was visual stunning to watch.

The amount of flies and locusts that were created using CGI reinforced the power of God and the impact they had on the whole of Egypt.

As previously mentioned, this film focused more on the humanity of Moses and shows him as a man who was reluctant to undertake God’s demands.

It also brings out his emotional side especially when the Angel of Death takes the lives of the first born.

Christian Bale portrayed Moses as both a messenger of God and a normal man brilliantly. He managed to combine both these characteristics through his adaptation of Moses but would anyone expect anything less from The Dark Knight?

Joel Edgerton managed to bring to life the evil Ramses and added suspense in the more tense of scenes. Throughout the film, it was clearly through his acting that Ramses was becoming more and more reliable on the slaves and, because of this, he became vicious and heartless.

Together these two great actors worked perfectly together and showed their acting talents as they brought to life the relationship of the two Princes of Egypt.

The rest of the cast including Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul all added their own to the film even if some had more minor roles.

One thing to say about the film was that it was much more action packed than the Biblical story but that was not surprising from the Gladiator director.

Some parts of the film were also not realistic with the era the film was set in.

There were scenes of the slaves being trained how to fire an arrow without any guards knowing and it seemed like the film was edging more towards Robin Hood.

Nevertheless, the film was a truly magnificent epic with stunning visual effects that were extremely realistic.


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