Review: Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014)

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Ridley Scott is one of the most accomplished directors in Hollywood but recently his career has been experiencing a steady downfall. His last four or five films have not been particularly good. His last film, The Counselor was perhaps his worst this is quite surprising considering he’s the same guy who made Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator. Exodus is a biblical epic that tells the story of Moses, how he rose up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and how he lead 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt while encountering a terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

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Directed by: Ridley Scott with a screen-play from Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Steve Zaillian and Jeffrey Caine and starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Exodus: Gods and Kings is a dull and extremely bad movie that fails to succeed at just about anything. The film lacks direction and relies too heavily on visual effects. It feels like Ridley saw this movie only as a paycheck. Christian Bale’s performance as Moses is not that bad but Joel Edgerton who looks a lot like Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz feels miscast and gives an overall weak performance as the main antagonist. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is that it wastes it’s star-studded cast. John Turturro, Signourey Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul are given minimal screen-time, Aaron Paul in particular who is known to most people for his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad is completely wasted here.

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The film has already been controversial for casting white actors instead of Middle-Eastern actors but that in my opinion is the least of the film’s problems. The screen-play credited to four people is a complete mess that neglects to properly develop characters other than Moses. The pacing of the movie is extremely uneven and inconsistent. The latter part of the film is all CGI but by this time you’re so bored that even the visuals don’t have much effect on making this movie interesting. In the end I was left with the impression that Ridley Scott is more interested in showing visual effects than telling a good meaningful story.

In conclusion, Exodus: Gods and Kings is a tedious and lackluster film that ranks as one of Ridley Scott’s worst directorial efforts. The film suffers from a poorly written screen-play, an over-reliance on CGI and the lack of a compelling story. The movie is an overall disappointment considering all the talent that is involved and is one of the worst movies of 2014.

3.9/10

-Khalid

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