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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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6.02 h 30 min2014X-RayHDRUHD12
Acclaimed director Ridley Scott brings new life to the epic story of Moses (Christian Bale) as he takes on the might of an empire and rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh.
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Ridley Scott
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Christian BaleJoel EdgertonJohn Turturro
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DramaFantasyAdventureAction
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English [CC]
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SandroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anti Christian Propaganda disguised as a biblical film
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You would have thought that if they were going to make a grand and expensive movie about a bible character that the producers and director would have done some research however, after watching Exodus Gods and Kings – it is clear that no such research took place. As someone who is a keen Christian I bought this film genuinely excited to see a modern big screen rendition of the story of Moses. Big mistake! I should have known that most of what comes out of Hollywood is of Satan not of the Most High God. It was about 40 minutes in that I started to get a bad feeling; first of all, Moses is portrayed as a violent and angry thug who routinely carries a sword and kills people when in the bible he actually carries a wooden stick. Also Moses had a stutter, the character played by Christian Bale in this film is strident, sarcastic and disrespectful when in fact, the real Moses was humble and long suffering.

The red Flags continued to be raised. All of the plagues which were sent by God were explained away, the Nile turning to blood was ‘according to the writers of this script’ caused by crocodiles attacking people. In this film, the sea never actually parts and the defeat of the Egyptians is instead attributed to a giant tidal wave caused by a meteor. It is also insinuated that Moses was some sort of schizophrenic who merely imagined the whole thing and to cap it all the God of the universe is portrayed as a spiteful 12 year boy (literally, He is played by a 12 year old boy) This was just an unbelievable insult.

I can’t fault the special effects, the costumes and the generally very high standard of production that really do give us an idea of what it might have been like to be in Egypt during those terrible plagues however, there are so many inaccuracies with what really happened in the Bible that I could fill paragraph after paragraph. Even without all of the biblical misrepresentations this is largely a very dull and meandering film

I take back what I said about the producers not researching their subject matter, no they researched but made a conscious decision to present a lie. They knew exactly what they were doing and it’s clear that this was in fact a deliberate attack on the word of God knowing full well that the best way to attack God is to put out a large scale misrepresentation, with the plausible deniability of using a bible story for their template. However, true Christians will see right through this; my worry is for less experienced believers and those who might be thinking of coming to the faith who can easily be swayed the wrong way by satanic propaganda like this. While it is disappointing to have films like this continually mock the word of God it also lets us know that He is indeed real and that they’re forces out there that don’t want people discovering Him!

Praise Jesus!!
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A LReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Daddy's hat has fallen off
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Ridley Scott isn't the man he once was. In this epic old world cringe of a movie, the tyneside born director continues indulging the same fetish for Christian lore he previously tried to shoehorn into Prometheus.

This film starts promising but it quickly starts to drown under the weight of its terribly contrived source material. They didn't know how to write a believable work of fiction 2000 years ago, you see. The end result is a movie beset by the type of pacing and dialogue issues that would make even the Game of Thrones Season 8 writers blush. Within about 5 minutes of screen time, Moses goes from telling a tribal girl he "isn't staying long" in her village to falling in love, marrying her, raising a 7 year old child, talking to God at the burning bush and deciding to return to Egypt to free "his people" . In seriously about FIVE MINUTES. And that's not a montage either - the middle act pacing is just THAT brisk. That might be OK for telling a story to kids at a Sunday School but in the medium of a blockbuster secular film, it only serves to highlight the shallowly fictitious nature of the source material; creating a real dissonance between script and the setting.

The casting is a mix of the obvious and the bizarre: Christian Bale plays Moses like a second rate Maximus from Gladiator. Joel Edgerton attempts plays a flawed and almost sympathetic Ramses - but he comes across a poorer and less clear version of Commodus.

Sigourney Weaver sticks out like a sore thumb as Ramses mother. Ben Mendhelson does however do a fine job playing the corrupt and vain-glorious Viceroy of the Slaves. Ben Kingsley is wonderfully typecast as the Hebrew tribal elder.

In a sense, this film is actually ruined by the fact its having to adhere to the biblical source material. It would have been better paced had it began with Moses living with his family post-exile and perhaps showed the scenes of him as a young Prince in flashback form.

Overall this is another big budget cringe from a once great director who has truely lost his way.

You'd never believe this came from the same person who made Gladiator.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
it was quite annoying. Overall
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Not as graceful or impactful as the 1956 version. Despite its technical advantages, I felt that it failed to capture the spirit of the story. Also, the angelic kid with a British accent was a very random plot innovation, and failed to communicate a sense of divine presence. Finally, Moses is depicted as an angry, impatient, belligerent, and loud character who lacks prophetic qualities. Not sure why he was screaming all the time; it was quite annoying. Overall, a very superficial treatment of an epic story.
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cats are coolReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 August 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable
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I was wary after having read mixed reviews, but given the context of new movies about biblical stories (eg Noah) I expected this to be a different kind to the mid 20thC epics like the Ten Commandments or Ben Hur and so on. And it is different, it treats the story ambiguosly in terms of its "religion" and also it's more about Moses and Rameses the men and their own beliefs and doubts than a faithful telling of what's in the Old Testament. There are of course epic elements and the 3D Blu Ray is ideal for conveying depth, perspective and scale. The sound is excellent, but soundtrack quite forgettable (it's more as an underlying mood commentary as opposed to show stealing grand sweeps of music) with the exceptions of hints of the start of Wagner's ring cycle. Listen carefully and you'll spot it.

Thr acting is a bit hammy but I think it is supposed to be, in a nod to the very hammy epics by CBdM. By the time he gets mature looking, I think Bale is a good tribute to Charlton Heston. But Rameses is the show stealer. His mental and emotional struggles are well portrayed even if the accent comes out a bit weird. Sigourney Weaver as his mother has presence even if not many lines. Rameses' father is also excellent.

There are sections of the movie which could have been done better, for example Moses' time meeting and marrying his wife. It looks like a bit of an afterthought compared to the rest of the film and the acting by his wife and entourage is atrocious (though her father and her son are played very well) and in terms of looks and make up that section of the film wouldn't look out of place in cheesy expensive Zeffirelli TV epics or historic films they might show on channel 5.

The plagues were very excitingly represented, and emotional impact was high (with hints of dark humour especially in the priestess and the medic) and the conniving and slightly "camp evil" viceroy is a very watchable character throughout the movie.

Finally the parting of the Red Sea was a big moment, with stages of build up to the final tsunami as the waters re-surge is quite awesome. I like the modern interpretation of how it could have unfolded as a "real" event (as opposed to a biblical miracle).

If you're looking for a big Ten Commandments tablet scene you will be disappointed. It is one of the most subtly interpreted events and very much about the man rather than his God.
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DolomedeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pharaoh fares badly?
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It's a long time since Blade Runner and Alien, where the storyline significantly counted for something. Ridley Scott's films are now CGI fests, where impressive effects overwhelm the experience and both characterisation and narrative count for little.
Too many times in this latest of his films the events seemed improbable and the personalities unlikely, with Bale's Moses and Edgerton's Ramesses unconvincing as the two great leaders wrestling over the future of the Hebrews.
Kingsley and Weaver add gravitas but are mere adornments since they occupy so little screen time.
The writer's projection of Ramesses the Great as a petulant, jealous and somewhat cowardly god-king bears no relationship to the historical figure and his actual achievements. Bale's ninja Moses seems to become leader of the Hebrews for no other reason than he was a Hebrew and both God and Kingsley wanted it. Neither of their characterisations seemed likely to trigger the devoted loyalty and trust of their respective nations. I began to yearn for Yul Brynner and Charlton Heston to appear and show what the words "presence" and "authority" meant.
Like "Kingdom of Heaven", the aftertaste was that this film was disappointing in its portrayal of a such a powerful subject and will not be considered a classic. Has Scott lost his way?
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ST NichollsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ripping good yarn- though don't expect a faithful retelling of the biblical story.
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This is a rip-roaring swords, sandals and beards yarn with plenty of actions a impressive visual effects. It is very entertaining and although slow and ponderous in some parts it is never boring.

Is it a faithful retelling of the bible narrative? Well there's a bloke called Moses in it, and Pharaoh, and a burning bush and the Red Sea parts. Any other similarities with the biblical story a purely coincidental.

I do think that if they had been more faithful to the biblical stammering, reluctant, old man of the bible, Moses would have been a much more interesting character.

Should you watch it, well if you don't care about a faithful rendition of the story, it's passably entertaining- much better than that Noah tripe which was abysmal on every level.

Being open minded, if it makes people pick up their bibles and read the story again after they're said to themselves "I don't remember anything about Moses training a Guerilla band and attacking the Egyptian state", then that can't be a bad thing.
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piratehellyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film. Although it deviates in some ways from ...
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Fantastic film. Although it deviates in some ways from the biblical narrative of Exodus in the Torah, particularly: in omitting the concept of wielding a staff of power to perform the Creator's miracles and also introducing the concepts of Moses (also called Moshe by the Hebrews) initially leading a revolution and teaching the Israelites the arts of Warfare, and also allegedly crocodiles killing each other to thicken the Nile to blood; the film stays true to the spirit of the story, and is a very good adaptation of the book - not withstanding the fact that the special effects are first class and add to the drama of the film. The cast handpicked for the production was excellent. Christian Bale portrays a fantastic interpretation of the protagonist Moses (whose journey from Egyptian general and atheist to the chosen leader and liberator of his people, and devout believer is astounding), along with the performance of Joel Edgerton as his cousin Ramses II, and the brotherly relationship, the chemistry the two characters have with each other - and particularly the rivalry that follows afterwards. Other performances from supporting actors are also brilliant. Minor as they are in comparison to the whole film; John Turturro does a brilliant job in portraying the Pharaoh Seti I - Ramses father and Moses' foster father (and the relationship he has with the two boys - especially Moses who despite he is not his blood, Seti favours and loves the most and wishes he could succeed him), Sigourney Weaver delivers a fantastic performance as Queen Tuya - Ramses' mother and Seti's wife, and the scheming and manipulative personality she gives the character, Ben Kingsley is brilliant as Nun (descendant of the Tribe of Joseph) as well as Aaron Paul who plays his son Joshua (Moses' successor who helps the Israelites take back Canaan in the Book of Joshua), Andrew Tarbet and Tara Fitzgerald who play Moses' siblings Aaron and Miriam are also good, Maria Valverde who plays Moses' wife Zipporah adds an additional romantic element to the film, and the film is further expanded by the performances of the child actors Hal Hewetson who plays Moses' son Gershom, and Isaac Andrews who does a fantastic job of playing the mysterious, capturing and engaging character of the Creator himself - in the form of a young boy. Ridley Scott really did himself credit when directed this epic. Exodus: Gods and Kings truly is a film worth watching for anyone who is interested in the Bible or otherwise. And sends out the message that, even though everything and everyone seems to stand against us, with faith we can overcome whatever struggle is given to us, and the Creator is closer than we think - and is always right behind us to help us endure it.
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Mike CReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Like pulling teeth!
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Awful rendition of the bible tale. Don’t get me wrong, Art Departament did great, great sets, costumes etc and the score was decent. But the script was like a 10 year old wrote it. There was zero character development too. By the end of the film I didn’t care at all for any of the leads. I couldn’t have cared less if Moses and his whole family died. I cared a bit for Ben Mendhlsonn’s character, only as he gave his part a bit of personality. Even free on Prime, I would say do not waste two hours of your life. Also, I felt compelled to spend another 10 mins of my life on the movie, by writing this review and savings little bit of your life...
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