Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses who, as the film opens, fights alongside his brother Ramses (a shaved-headed Joel Edgerton), to help defend Egypt, which is ruled by their father, Seti (John Turturro). During battle, Moses saves Ramses life, causing Ramses to fear that his brother will one day be King because it fits with a prophecy handed down by one of Seti's trusted spiritualists. Soon after Seti's death, Moses, who is actually Jewish and not Egyptian, is banished. However, he becomes the leader of the Jewish people and leads a rebellion, with the help of a wrathful God, against that Egyptians..
As with many other depictions of the Exodus, the Pharaoh of the Exodus is identified as Rameses II. Although Rameses II was certainly not the Pharaoh of the Exodus, due to irreconcilable differences between the history of his reign and the Exodus, he is one of the more popular choices in media depictions. This is because, barring Tutankhamun, Rameses II is likely the most recognizable and famous Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (not least due to previous depictions of him as the Pharaoh of the Exodus), with a reputation as one of the strongest and most successful Pharaohs of all time. These traits make him a challenging adversary to Moses and the Hebrews, and allow for an engaging story. See more »
The Biblical Exodus, if it ever did happen, certainly did not occur in the reign of Ramses II. Whereas the Pharaoh of the Exodus was a relatively-weak leader and had a short, briefly-prosperous reign that turned disastrous, Ramses II was one of the strongest, most successful, and long-lived Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. There is also no evidence of either the plagues or of any pursuit of escaping slaves led by him, and almost all of the events of the Exodus cannot be reconciled with his reign or time period. See more »
You say that you didn't... cause all this. You say this is not your fault. So let's just see who's more effective at killing: You or me.
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What, in God's name, was this? Everything reeks of commercial operation without any real thought behind it. Of all the puzzling elements in this bizarre epic, the most inexplicable is Christian Bale as Moses. Not the choice of Christian Bale - commercial operation, remember - no, that I understand, what's inexplicable is his performance. We know now Christian Bale is a great actor. Great. The Fighter alone puts him right up there with some of the best of his generation so why then he's so bad, but so bad here. His Moses is absent. Not a moment of truth, not a moment of real connection. Was he a hostage, performing against his will? That's what I felt, that he didn't want to be there and that alone made me watch the whole film with disdain. What a disheartening experience. I give it a 2 and not a 1 out of respect for the crew, because their work is real and present on the screen.
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