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Director Ridley Scott is back with the story of Moses in a sweeping epic of a movie. Exodus: Gods and Kings begins post basket-in-the-Nile with Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) as grown men treated nearly as brothers by the Pharoah Seti (John Turturro).
Seti clearly recognizes that Moses is a better person, family member, and leader than even his own actual son could be. We see him long to leave their kingdom to Moses, but blood lines won’t allow it, since he isn’t actually his son — even though he was raised as such… The story, of course, is that Moses was the son of a general left to be raised by him.
After Seti dies and Ramses gains power — using it for greed and nothing more, Moses learns the truth about his liniage from Nun (Ben Kingsly) a Hebrew slave. He doesn’t believe it, and so he hides from what he has learned — that the person he knew as Miriam (Tara Fitzgerald) — a servant — is actually his sister who brought him to Seti as a babe.
Meanwhile Ramses gets wind of this wild tale — and endeavors to get to the truth about the man who had saved his life and won his father’s trust more than he ever could have. The result is Moses being exiled and nearly killed before finding his way, talking with God (Malak – a vision appearing as a child to Moses), and learning his path. The film follows Moses to his end days, including the amazing re-imagined scene of the parting of waters at the Red Sea and the show down among once-brothers on it’s barren sea floor.
Christian Bale as Moses is sometimes captivating and some times mysterious. He falters with accents here and there but maintains the spirit, wonder and conflict of Moses throughout the film. The quiet scenes with his wife (also named Miriam played by Indira Varma) are touching and tender and — played so well by Bale — really allow us to see into Moses.
Joel Edgerton as Ramses is effective in scenes with Bale but again, the accents are distracting. There are so many accents coming in and out – even within the characters themselves.
Exodus: Gods and Kings recalls Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning Gladiator but fails to live up to it’s build and finish. The screen play is wobbly and the film has fits and starts. But the grandeur of some of the scenes and Bale’s portrayal of the conflict of Moses makes it worth seeing for me.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images.
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