From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul
Release Date: Dec 12, 2014
Rated PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images
Runtime: 2 hr. 22 min.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is a throwback to the big scale biblical epics from the past. Ridley Scott brings a sweeping grandeur to the whole thing but it never really gets its footing with any of the characters. The film clocks in at nearly 2 and half hours, some of which is quite a slog, yet we never really get any real connections to the characters. Christian Bale is fine as Moses but he doesn’t give the character any heartfelt drive to save his people. As such Moses comes off as an annoyed nut whose just doing something because he has to. At lease the script gave Moses a bit more of a tacticians mind as he plots his revolt that will lead to the liberation of the Israelites. Rames, played by a guy liner-rrific Jole Edgerton, comes off as a bumbling buffoon all the way through. There’s a little effort to give him a bit more depth but not nearly enough to matter in the long run. The supporting cast is prestigious but underused and ultimately wasted. The film’s lack of three dimensional characters is ultimately its biggest downfall. Ridley Scott created a visual spectacle which is finely produced but it all feels hollow since we really don’t care about any of the characters, not the way we were supposed to at least.