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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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This is a 154 minutes movie directed by Ridley Scott and has a pretty good cast such as Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver etc.

The setting began in exotic ancient Egypt, with its glorious and stunning architectural monuments and statues etc, as well as the exquisite costumes of the people. the cousins Ramses (played by Edgerton) and Moses (played by Bale) both princes of Egypt, grew up close as brothers.

Although Ramses was of true blood to the throne, he felt threatened by Moses, especially after a prophetic line by the High Priestess having come true, about someone saving the leader's life and in turn becoming the leader.

Moses became Ramses' trusted adviser when the latter became Pharoah. After the discovery of Moses' Hebrew parentage, he was feared as a spy and further threat, hence he was exiled to the desert (in such cases, he should have been executed).

Both brothers moved on and started their own families, but Egypt was deteriorating. The Isralites (Hebrews) having been servants to the Egyptians for 400 years, were now suffering even more under the rulership of cruel Ramses.

Photosource: http://screenrant.com/exodus-gods-kings-trailer-posters/

By now, God began communicating with Moses who would be the messenger between God and Ramses. There were some trials  and tests of faith of all parties involved, but Moses stood firm throughout it all. Those who did not, fell under the hands of God's punishment including being annihilated as a whole.

The plot followed rather closely with the Story of Moses, hence be prepared for some rather sorrowful and disturbing scenes when disasters began setting in. The anger and disbelief displayed by the various characters were clearly chartered out herein, and it is no doubt that the ending is a victorious one for the Isralites.

A rather heavy movie, and if you are a religious fanatic, you might not enjoy the show for obvious reasons. Otherwise, just sit back for a little refresher on religious history, as well as fascinating scenes of ancient Egypt as well as enjoy the thrill of the actions.

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