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Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. Written by
During Set's assault on the rebel gods, his troops are shown using trebuchets which wouldn't be invented for centuries. Trebuchets first appeared in China in the 4th Century BCE and wouldn't be seen in the Middle East for nearly a thousand years after that. See more »
Yes, before I begin my philosophical review, which may bore you to tears if you are disinclined to abstract bloviating, this movie works as pure spectacle. The CGI is well done and the parallel intertwined stories of Bek, the lowly thief, seeking his dead beloved's return from the afterlife and Horus's battle against Set work well as a fast moving action movie. For me, the attraction was such a rare thing to be found here in pagan land. The learning to trust the gods, there is a parallel between transcending selfish quests for vengeance as Horus learns to see his Kingdom and its people. The zenith of the morality is reached when the victorious Horus announces that deeds not wealth lead to the reward in the afterlife. He rescinds Set's demand for treasure to buy yourself immortality, this is not an anomaly. The movie follows the existential development of both lead protagonists: Horus and Bek. Both begin the movie oblivious to their responsibilities, even Osiris looks a bit dubious in presenting his son with the crown. As Bek learns to trust Horus, and Horus learns to care for these smaller, relatively insignificant creatures, the characters deepen and grow as the movie plays. The restoration of the moral order with rectitude set above profit evinces the reflective allegorical disenchantment of Americans' with their oligarchs and their dwindling spending power will open up to you.
The movie is an extremely fast paced action movie that will never bore you. Butler's Set has no problem cheating constantly to obtain and maintain power. It is a rare villain role for Butler, I thought he rendered it well. The parallel development of the two main characters learning to work together against Set is the center of the movie. It comes with a rather miraculous happy ending that I won't spoil for you. The effects are uniformly well done but there are many bad movies this is true of also. Why I liked the movie, is Bek's love that simply knows no boundaries for returning to his lost Zaya. The story of the wounded Horus who learns his strength comes from inside, not from his eyes, parallel's the human Bek's story. This weaving together of the two, with good banter between them, is the surprise of the movie. The narrative core of the movie is these two stories of the leads: Horus and Bek. I liked the movie as pure spectacle yet it is not vapid and brainless. There is a moral depth to it that gives it greater meaning than most current action movies. Movies are always reflections of their zeitgeist, as a philosopher I found it reassuring: this rejection of wealth as a sign of ontological value; believe me, this is not a commonality in modern American cinema.
One can but hope it is a harbinger of a coming rejection of the Global Oligarch's god: Money. Bek's love that is an unstoppable force wins even the admiration of the gods around him. True, his proclivity for survival irritates the arrogant god of knowledge who speaks the above funniest line in the entire movie. Horus is best viewed in contrast from the lazy sybarite we meet at the beginning and the one, at the very end, who departs imitating Bek in returning to the Underworld to find his lost love. This is the hidden treasure, my friends: love, duty, honor and goodness really aren't punchlines but they are the beauty of life. As I look about me, how much happier my fellow denizens would be if they shed this decadent need to crap upon all that is beautiful in this life. Yes, action fans, the movie won't let you down, I wasn't bored for one minute. My elder brother sat upon the edge of his seat most of the movie. Yes, fly through the Fires Of Hell to find that Love you lost. A Good Movie. Q.E.D.
"We Travel The World Over To Find Beauty, Unless We Carry It With Us We Find It Not." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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