New Exodus,Gods And Kings Movie Delivered Great Action But Skimped On Special Effects
20th Century released their new action/Bible flick, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was very entertaining, but I was disappointed with how they skimped out on the special effects and really sort of just skimmed through a lot of the important parts of the story. But still it was an interesting take. The movie stars: John Turturro, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul.
In the new flick, the plotline started off when Moses was already fully grown and a prince in Egypt alongside Ramses. It goes through the motions of how Moses eventually started talking with the Hebrews and discovered that he was actually born a Hebrew,and then later, was exiled from Egypt after Ramses found out about it.
From there, they showed how Moses fought off an assassination attempt while alone out in the middle of nowhere. Then he eventually met his wife before getting called by God to deliver the Hebrews out of the clutches of Egypt and 400 years of slavery. They did an interesting take with this by presenting God to Moses in the form a young boy, who kept reappearing throughout Moses’ journey to free the slaves.
After that, is where they just sort of skimmed through how Moses freed the slaves. Sure they showed the plagues, but it just seemed sort of lackadaisical as they really didn’t show much of Moses confronting Ramses with his magical staff. In fact, they didn’t even Give Moses a staff. Instead, he just kept carrying an Egyptian sword around. Moses also never announced the plagues like in the Bible. They just happened and Ramses just put up with them until, of course, his first born child died.
After that, they did the biggest injustice to this film by leaving out the awesome special effects of God parting the Red Sea for the slaves to cross through. instead, they just woke up one morning, and the waters just sort of washed away for them to cross. It was really lame. I really found that to be disappointing too ,because that’s one of my favorite parts of this story,and they really managed to just ruin the entire thing.
Anyways, they didn’t skimp out on the action,though, as the Egyptians showed up to try and attack Moses and the slaves, and the waters came gushing back to take them all out. After that, they skimmed through the storyline even more. However, at that point, I didn’t expect them to fit all that in as it would probably take 4 hours instead 2 and a half hours to pull that off.
So, again. Yeah, I thought the movie was entertaining and had some interesting new takes in certain areas, but they really skimped out on some major plotlines of this story that left me feeling really disappointed that they didn’t include it. Oh well. I gave the movie a C+ grade for a half-baked effort I guess. Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.