150 Min | Action – Adventure – Drama | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
Exodus: Gods and Kings Review: With “Exodus” Ridley Scott is truly back on form and, as ever, the director of iconic moments in cinematic history like Blade Runner and Gladiator has assembled a stellar cast, Bale’s acting is an impressive emotional tour de force, Edgerton skilfully portrays a complex volatile villain you sometimes sympathise with, and notable support from John Turturro, Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver. The costumes and sets are as sumptuous, lavish and detailed as we’ve come to expect from Scott. Stunning CGI effects support Exodus: Gods and Kings without becoming overly synthetic (unlike the other biblical movie of 2014, Noah), realising a plethora of monumental set pieces, the ten deadly plagues and parting of the Red Sea, to name a few. The soundtrack from Alberto Iglesias is easily the best Scott has had since Harry Gregson-Williams’ “Kingdom of Heaven”, fittingly of biblical proportions following illustrious predecessors Hans Zimmer and Vangelis.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is about Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and the uprising of the Hebrew slaves against Egypt. Visually, Exodus: Gods and Kings was fantastic. The opening battle scene was brilliant. The plagues were intense and exciting to watch. The look of ancient Egypt was great to see. And the parting of the sea was epic. Pretty much loved Exodus: Gods and Kings visually. It tries to be relatable and display Moses’ doubt, yet even this is lackluster. When someone is handpicked vaguely to be a prophet, one would imagine that said prophet would have intense discussion if given the opportunity, but here it feels like childish bickering. It never rises to the point of entertaining or inspiring like Ridley Scott did with Gladiator, not does it deliver some uplifting tone like Prince of Egypt. While breaking into song may be too cheesy, it at least possesses a joyous celebration.
Christian Bale does his best as Moses, but perhaps it’s better for him to don a cape and start throwing batarang at Ramses. Ridley Scott is the modern master of the sweeping epic, an art form seldom envisioned so well and on such scale in modern cinema. Dedicating Exodus: Gods and Kings to his brother Tony, Scott realises his vision with all the magnificence of David Lean, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, and Cecil B. DeMille, rolled into one. It is a great pleasure to see films like this still being made. Exodus: Gods and Kings, is watchable.