Exodus : Gods And Kings is a 2014 biblically-inspired epic fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott. It was written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley. It is a loose interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Book of Exodus.
Since the story is known to most people who have read the Abrahamic religious myth legends, I’m only going to focus on some points I made on the movie itself:
- Excellent shot & produced film. The special effects and sets and costumes are so awesome looking. I love epic films and films set in the distance past and this one stylistically was great to look at.
- I also think that the actors did a fine job. Well chosen in most cases, Ben Kingsley gives the movie a bit of that class, Christian Bale was awesome as Moses as were everyone else. María Valverde (Zipporah) is so beautiful and lovely and she did a fine job, despite the big age gap. Joel Edgerton plays the main antagonist really well, as a jealous and suspicious prince and then grief-stricken king/father who’s son is dead, so well. Only negative is that Sigourney Weaver had such a small role -waste of a talent!
- The story & writing is weak. You only get a documentary style telling of a tale and are missing the angst, passion and character development. Despite the grand scenes, it lacked excitement and the only time I felt any was during the parting & crashing of the waves. It didn’t feel like an epic saga and this is something I notice is the movies of late – the movies from the the 60s, 70s didn’t have the technology of today but they did the best with what they had and the movies were so much better. Atleast in this genre.
- Some believers complained about the Biblical inaccuracies; some controversy arose over statements from Ridley Scott that he would be looking to natural causes for the miracles, including drainage from a tsunami for the parting of the Red Sea. According to Scott, the parting of the Red Sea was inspired by a tsunami believed to have been triggered by an underwater earthquake off the Italian coast around 3000 BC. Another critics said that there were fewer than 10 plagues depicted in the movie, the crocodiles were not involved and the Israelites themselves were also affected by the plagues. The movie was banned in a few countries, including Egypt, UAE & Kuwait. I say don’t take things so seriously and get a life!
- The depiction of Malak, the representation of god, in particular was of interest to me. He sounded like a tantrum throwing brat, helpless to do anything for 400 years and all of a sudden seeks the help of this one man, a displaced Hebrew who didn’t even know he was one for most of his life, to led the chosen people back to their land! Yet he can cause plagues and the parting of the Red Sea? Loved it!
Overall I did like the flick enough to rate it a 7.5 outta 10! I can’t give it any higher as they should have focussed on the characters a bit more rather than the settings and the effects. Still worth a watch.