The year 2014 appears to be the year of resurgence of Old Testament movies. Shortly following the release of “Noah” comes the “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Directed by the brainchild behind the movie, “Gladiator,” Ridley Scott takes on a movie that depicts the life of Moses and his journey to freeing Egypt from the rule of Ramses. Read on for further details.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” Synopsis:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” follows the story of Moses (Christian Bale), who had a prophesied destiny of rising up against the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses (Joel Edgerton). Shortly after discovering the truth about his Hebrew lineage, Moses leaves the royal family and Egypt and builds a family with Zipporah (Maria Valverde). Moses is approached by God to lead his people out of slavery.
The movie takes on the journey of freeing 600,000 slaves from slavery and facing the wrath of God in the form of deadly plagues.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” Review:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is a movie which revolves around the life of Moses, who was chosen by God to defy his stepbrother and free hundreds of thousands of slaves from Ramses’ rule.
The movie begins in the present, with Moses as an adult in the royal court. It then retells the story of how he became a part of the royal family. Here, we see the typical portrayal of the relationship between Moses and Ramses — Ramses becoming envious of Moses because of the aging Pharaoh Seti’s (John Turturro) preference for his adopted son than his own son.
Moses’ discovery of his Hebrew lineage from Nun (Ben Kingsley) and the revelation of this secret by an Egyptian viceroy (Ben Mendelsohn) forces Moses to leave the royal family and Egypt. He ends up in Midian, where he marries Zipporah and becomes a shepherd.
Traditionalists may flinch at the idea of God taking on the form of a fierce child as he approaches Moses to lead his people out of slavery.
“It’s a mild provocation of sorts, a means of getting us to see the Lord as a skeptic, like Moses would initially: callous and whimsical by turns, a jealous, vengeful deity with a literally childish streak,” said Justin Chang of Variety.
Ridley Scott does a great job of dramatizing the deadly plagues with vividly realistic montage and creating a spectacular portrayal of the climactic chase to the Red Sea.
“’Exodus attempts something riskier and more ambitious: to render, in the most plausible historical terms possible, the life of a man who occupies a vaunted place in each of the world’s three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” reviewed Catherine Shoard in The Observer.
“No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show,” said Stephen Farber in The Hollywood Reporter.
Altogether, the film offers a beautiful adaptation of the story, combining the traditional scriptures with that of modern visuals and lines. Although it tends to deviate on most parts of the traditional contexts, the film offers a refreshing way of watching Old Testament movies.
The “Exodus: Gods and Kings” scored an average critics’ rating of 6.7/10 on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
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Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
Writers: Adam Cooper, Stever Zaillian, Bill Collage, and Jeffrey Caine
Runtime: 2 hrs. 22 min.
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