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Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Written by
20th Century Fox
Moses was over 80 years old when the Exodus occurred. (he was 40 when he left Egypt and roamed Midia for 40 years before returning to Egypt) Since he was a poor speaker, he asked God excuse him from the quest but God told him to use his brother, Aaron as his speaker instead. See more »
The plot rotates around twin blades given by old king to his two sons. The swords are leaf-shaped, about 3 ft long and made of steel. This is a dual anachronism:
1. Blade shape is wrong. Egyptian royalty at this time had a distinct melee weapon called khopesh - a sickle-shaped broadsword, that had a single slashing edge. Leaf blades were not used in Egypt in the 2nd millennium BC, they are a distinct feature of Celtic smiths of the Bronze Age.
2. Blade metal is wrong. At this time the only material used for blades was bronze - it's still Bronze Age. First reliable evidence of iron metallurgy appears only a few centuries later, circa 11th cent BC. Iron blades 3 ft long required amount of metal and technologies that became available no sooner than 8th cent. BC. Steel of quality shown on screen appears only in 8-9th cent. AD - 2000 years after the film events. See more »
Remember this. I am prepared to fight. For eternity.
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Scott's visually stunning epic is an emotionless event
All creative persons/artists go through a creative funk, it's just part and parcel of the business they're in. Whether it be a writer who suffers from the dreaded writers block, an actor that can't seem to buy a hit or a painter that can't seem to replicate the images in their heads, the creative lulls affect all. Famed British director Ridley Scott, the visionary master behind such classics as Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator has found himself in one of these creative dead zones, but the most telling thing about his time in this lowly state is that his been there for the better part of a decade and after witnessing his new cashed up epic Exodus, it seems he is destined to remain there for the foreseeable future.
Exodus is one of the most telling examples of storytelling mediocrity overshadowing impeccable production values that I've ever seen and it would be hard for anyone to argue against the pure visual value present on screen in what is a clearly lavishly splurged upon epic. From monuments through to the slums of the slave's right down to the extra clad streets, Exodus brims to life with a detailed and often incredible visual palette. While the wonders of the on screen production will consistently make you look twice, there seems like such little point to an exercise like this when all is surrounded by a script that never allows us in, alongside Scott directing proceedings like a man that wants to show off but not engage, direction more concerned with how to spectacularly kill of horses than making the characters and story come to life.
Much has been made in the media of late surrounding the casting of actors in Exodus but more importantly to movie goers it's important to know just how tame the acting turns are here. Christian Bale makes for a watchable yet not entirely memorable Moses, his incarnation has moments of brief humanity but he feels more a caricature than a living breathing embodiment of one of the Bibles most well-known figures, we feel tiny bits of the weight Moses had on his shoulders, yet our care towards him remains dangerously low. On the other end of the spectrum Australian Joel Edgerton (in perhaps his biggest Hollywood gig yet) fails to deliver on what should've been a glorious big screen villain in the form of Rhamses. All eyeliner and grizzled looks, Edgerton fails to convince in his role and it feels from the get go that sadly he may've been miscast much like John Turturoo's Seti, Aaron Paul's Joshua and Ben Kinglsey's Nun, even the usually scene stealing Ben Mendelsohn as Hegep fails to make much of a mark which leaves the film but a few genuine moments of memorability, that being all largely related to the onset of the plagues.
Impressive visuals, stunning sets and some genuinely wow inducing moments concerning the plagues aren't enough to save this emotionally void epic from a giant wave of the mundane. Scott sure knows how to conduct his production department and his sweeping camera sure can capture some outstanding action but the one time storyteller has lost sight of how to portray his characters, how to play out a story and Exodus looks set to become another Scott failure that looks likely to underwhelm audiences as well as Box Office's the world over.
2 shades of eyeliner out of 5
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