Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of Moses’ courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Ridley Scott brings us the story of Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. Consequently, setting 600,000 slaves on a journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Exodus feels like an attempt to retool the classic Ten Commandments, which has now become a holiday classic and Charlton Heston he worked it out when he parts that red sea. At the time, it was considered one of the most astonishing special effects of its time.
Needless to say, special effects in films have come a long way and they are used in abundance throughout Exodus…Gods and Kings. This film was beautiful to watch, but I have issues with any film taking place in Biblical Egypt where none of the lead characters are of color, except miscellaneous extras.
Remember Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and rumblings of a re-make with Angelina Jolie? In Exodus, Tuya is Sigourney Weaver…see what I’m saying?
The biggest issue I have with this film is that there seem to be many inconsistencies on the biblical story of Moses, God and the drafting of the Ten Commandments. Moses is seen chiseling the commandments into a stone tablet overseen by God (seen as a bossy little boy) and a lot of the characters like Joshua don’t seem to not be well developed. Joshua kind looks like a homeless dude that randomly follows Moses and you’re not really sure why.
My biggest issue is that Moses is portrayed as an individual that insights violence. Maybe it’s me, but I’m assuming these inconsistencies exist due to the various Old and New Testaments that exists and are now left to interpretation…by anyone.
At any rate the parting of the sea scene does not disappoint, nor do any of the fight scenes or special effects.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is in theatres now and opened on December 12th.