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I didn't know how this movie would turn out, but I thought it was
great. By far 10 times better than the cheesy and slightly boring
Charlton Heston Version. All the actors, especially Dougray Scott &
Naveen Andrews. The acting and story points, unlike the former movie,
was believable and realistic. I like how they portrayed Moses as more
of a human and less of a God-like figure. The only way I can see them
improving it is if they got rid of the cheesy 80's-like clips they
randomly showed (like the locusts part & the mushroom cloud).
Overall, a great movie that I hope they put on DVD and show again next year.
From the English accents to the so unnecessary violence after violence. Showing Moses as a murderer. People who actually believe in the Old Testament will just sit there and shake their heads. I am not a religious person at all. But even i felt as though the writers of this movie were trying to turn us all against God and the Jews.When Moses picked up that rock and threw the first stone at the woman to kill her for committing adultery. I wanted to stone the writers. I can't believe in this day and age that Hallmark and ABC (Disney) would attempt to show such garbage as this. Don't we have enough problems in this world already?
"Literary license" is used in nearly all films, even historical films.
And when the History is close to prehistoric, as in the case of Moses,
then more literary license can be expected.
This version of "The Ten Commandments" gives us a more doubting Moses than we're used to. It delivers on the miracles, so it isn't entirely Atheistic, but gives a somewhat more Agnostic view of Moses. If not for the miracles, we would think the voices are truly in his head when God speaks.
This version of Moses has him questioning God, yet for some reason we don't understand his devout desire for power that he shows when he decides he'd rather lead people in the desert than go home with a beautiful wife and a caring family.
There is much bloodshed, as there is in the story of Moses. True to literature, he doesn't have qualms about killing women and children. No real explanation is given for this, but then no explanation is given in the Bible, either, except for blind submission to God's will.
The film doesn't try to answer what God's will is. It does give us the explanation of a mostly passive God. Like most of us who read the Bible, Moses is confused by "I am that I am", and the film helps establish his rendering a meaning to that. This version shows a God who acts at times with miracles, but insists on humans doing a lot of work, and a lot of people are hurt. We don't know why. The film doesn't try to justify it, nor try to condemn it.
So, I haven't actually seen this movie, but the last person's comment was that Moses is made out to be a whiner, and that later in the movie he has the believers slaughter the unbelievers and cuts a second set of tablets. If that's the case, I really want to see this, because that's far more biblically accurate than the deMille's movie. In the Bible Moses *was* a whiner to begin with, and when the golden calf incident occurred, he had the tribe of Levi kill about 3000 people, and then God told him to cut new tablets to replace the ones he had broken. Just thought I'd say it to clarify that yes, it actually is in there, no matter how unpleasant we may think it.
"I think your god is cruel" says the brother of Moses after his son had
been smitten along with the rest of the children of Egypt. But let's
get to the point, God in the Old Testament can be very cruel, and they
let that be known in this film.
One thing I liked about this mini-series is that it didn't hold back when it came to this. You will see the massacre of the Amalekites as well as the killing of all the prisoners that had surrendered after the battle with Moses's army when they chose not to stand with him. I think showing the children being killed was a bit much for network television. But it's all written in the bible, so it must be shown.
Moses is depicted as a tortured leader throughout. He seems to really not want to have this responsibility, and seems to really feel bad when kills in the name of God. But he still does it. There are times when you begin to think that he's going crazy, and leading a bunch of people to their deaths. But you quickly remember that this is The Bible, and that he is their savior.
I'm not quite sure what the director/writers were trying to accomplish with this portrayal. Whether their critiquing the Bible, God's motives, judaism, or simply the side of the bible most films seem to ignore. Or maybe they believe that this is truly the way we should live. More likely it was a way to get ratings, violence sells. Either way, it's interesting to see this side of the Bible. The darker nature of God. In the New Testament God seems so much nicer doesn't he? I guess this is reminder of how powerful and cruel he can be, so that we can be kept in line and not stray from the laws.
In the end, it doesn't matter what their motives were. The film is what it is just as the bible is what it is. It's not entirely accurate of course, a lot of artistic liberties were taken. And it's not as grand as the original film with Heston, a superior film in my opinion. But I like the alternative depiction. Most people are unaware of the many massacres committed by God's people in the Bible. Those depictions have been avoided because it makes God look like a bad guy. http://www.thebricktestament.com is one example of this "darker" side of the bible resurfacing.
I'm not a religious person. I don't subscribe to any of the major religions out there. But I do love the Bible as a literary work and I enjoy most films based on it. This one was very good. But the original is still better. Still, it's worth seeing this darker version of the story.
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The ten commandments is the best mini-series ever made also best
biblical story ever made,its worth watching. I really loved this film
from the beginning to the end. The Ten Commandments (2006) is way more
better than previous ones, especially the old ones.
When I watched it, I had Goosebumps at some scenes also I felt sad and cried in many scenes.
The special effects were awesome especially the parting of the red sea this scene, that was cool.
I just didn't like a few things about this film. Like, I didn't like Moses' character too much, he seemed to hate people and wasn't too fair or friendly to others and the violence in some scenes. It wasn't graphic, but it was disturbing. I mean, a son killing his mother. It also had some biblical inaccuracies -- like, Menerith, he never existed in the bible. Moses' step brother was Ramses II and he shouldn't have died in the Red Sea. But still this film was AWESOME and MOVING!!
My MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences, gore, thematic material and some sensuality.
Alright so, I never really saw the Charleton Heston version of the
movie (I'll try and catch it Saturday when it's on the same channel
this was on) and I tell ya: this was by far one of the strongest
portrayals of the Exodus story. "I think your God is cruel", "we
wouldn't need to build a statue...he lives even in your heart" these
are some of the most powerful quotes. In the Old Testament, God was
seen as cruel "tough but fair" and this is how Moses acted with his
followers and he was also able to clearly detail how everything in
Judaism and Christianity came to be: the idea of a nameless God, the
Ten Commandments etc. You can easily see within the story of the Exodus
(no matter what movie version) why the Decalogue is what it is: There
is killing, adultery, perjury, paganism and all of this lead about to
the creation of the Ten Commandments (aka the Decalogue).
Watch it! That's all I gotta say!
A long time has passed since a biblical movie was made right from the
pages of the Bible.
"Cruel", say you; the definition of cruel as an adjective is - lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy. Cruelty is not one of God's attributes. However if you want to talk about Egyptian cruelty lasting 400 hundred years and all God did was take what was God's in the first place after (Romans 8:18) repeated warnings for not releasing his people from bondage.
Moses in this movie did not have a "shining face" after receiving the Ten Commandments from God as recorded in the Bible.
Moses remarried and had sons before he died, so he wasn't completely "consumed" with the leader role as stated in the movie.
When Moses died at 120 years old he hadn't lost his strength or sight. The movie portrayed his last days as one who lost their strength.
The Israelites were made to wander for 40 years until the last of unfaithful died off except Joshua and Caleb as punishment for disbelief in God and provoking him to anger for their murmurings and complaining.
This movie is just another attempt to deceive people from the written truth. I wonder how many people actually read the Bible story after watching this movie. Misinformation is a crime and should be punished. I hope somebody sues Hallmark (c) until they put a disclaimer that says "read the real Bible story and then watch this fictitious account perpetrated by "Hollywood""
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I did not see the Charlton Heston movie all the way through at one
time, but I eventually did see it all--years ago, so I don't remember a
lot of details. In many ways this version is almost as good. In a few
ways it is better. Fine acting, spectacular visual effects not
available in 1956, inspirational moments that teach us a lot about
The violence is definitely more graphic here than in 1956, starting with the dreams of the first Pharaoh, who is well played. The plagues are not easy to watch. And the second half has a lot of violence, including a battle with the Malachites, as well as dead bodies resulting from battle and other causes.
Quite scary: the scenes of newborn boys being snatched from their families.
The scenes of Moses' childhood are effectively done, and we are introduced to the burial chambers, including that of Joseph. I don't recall any of that in 1956.
I wouldn't want to decide between Dougray Scott and Jon Voight (as John Paul II) for the Emmy for best actor in a miniseries, but chances are there will be even more outstanding performances to choose from. Scott is not exactly Charlton Heston, but he doesn't have to be. I seem to recall the Bible saying Moses lacked confidence, and this Moses does, but he overcomes his fear quite well. He becomes a strong leader, at least publicly, but in private he still has doubts and shows anger toward God.
Omar Sharif is impressive as Jethro, the man who takes in Moses after he comes to the rescue of Jethro's family, and eventually becomes his father-in-law. The scenes with Jethro's family are entertaining and well-done. I wasn't expecting Jethro to show up again after the departure from Egypt, but in his later scenes Sharif really shines.
A truly moving moment comes when Moses finally makes his brother Aaron realize God has spoken to him.
Paul Rhys is no Yul Brynner, but he does an outstanding job as the Pharaoh who Moses orders to let his people go. I don't recall Brynner having such a sense of humor, though. And when his son died, Rhys really looked like a beaten man.
Karim Salah shows a quiet and strong faith as Joshua. Like the Quakers and other pacifists, he believes at first that he should not fight. In fact, he believes it disrespects God to show such a lack of faith. Though Moses and the others set him straight.
Naveen Andrews was very good as the Egyptian brother of Moses. Also, Susan Lynch is worth mentioning as Moses' Jewish sister Miriam, who helped lead the Jews out of Egypt. Also Linus Roache as Aaron.
I know I left out some great performances.
The Parting of the Red Sea in 1956 pales in comparison to the same event here. The visual effects here for this event--spectacular! Even shots of fish rushing from the scene as it happens.
I can't believe they got out of Egypt so fast. A lot of events apparently were added for this version that did not appear in 1956. I don't remember quite so much conflict between the Jews and others, or between the faithful Jews and those who got impatient when times got hard. The second half was hard to watch but added a lot.
When Moses reads the law to his people after his second trip to the top of the mountain (as in the first movie, he breaks the tablets after learning of the golden calf, but this time only the calf explodes), we saw certain commandments being broken in flashbacks. This was not done in 1956 and I thought it added a lot, though when the events first happened, I considered them unnecessary.
It was a worthy effort. Not better than Heston's movie, not worse. Just different.
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