Directed by Ridley Scott and staring, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sir Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul. A retelling of the famous Biblical passage from the Bible depicting Moses rising up against his Ramses in order to free the Hebrews from Egypt.
There is no doubt that no one can argue that this film is not absolutely breathtakingly beautiful with some really well designed and developed shots such as visually seeing Egypt from high in the sky, to the effects of the plague as the city is rampaged numerous times. It begins with as an interesting adaptation of a famous story as we jump straight into adulthood, however as strong as it begins narration is not quite enough to maintain our attention for the full two and half hour long journey.
The issue that many had when viewing this film was large amount of white actors taking roles that some felt did not belong to them. Whatever yours issues may be, the cast has bigger issues with the likes of Aaron Paul and Sir Ben Kingsley hardly used which seems a crime onto itself. Christian Bale is good, but this role is not a stretch for him in any shape which is frustrating as he could have played this role bigger, better and with more of an interesting presence. Joel Edergton on the other hand suffers in a different way, his tanning sessions become increasingly odder throughout as he begins the film looking incredibly tanned and ends by looking like the whitest man on earth. Now some will argue that this is due to his extensive travelling over different lands to chase Moses, why then is he the only one to be effected by the lack of tan.
God plays a role in this film, as you would expect from the passage in the bible. No Morgan Freeman this time but instead a small child depicts the angry God. Some would argue that this works and it is interesting that we see Moses and God’s interaction from a third person which refreshingly is quickly accepted rather than simply accused of being mad which would become the focus.
The plagues themselves are quite clever and interesting to witness, however I feel this summarises the film to a point. Visually this film is excellent, baring the ‘parting’ of the red which feels anticlimactic when the apprehension as been built for some time that you expect a more faithful scene to the bible. The narrative really struggles to maintain interest for the two and half hours.
OVERALL ** Though visually stunning, the narration begins as an interesting adaption but it not able to maintain our focus for the full 2 and a half hour film with an ultimately unsatisfying finish.
RECOMMENDATION – Not the best adaptation but by no means the worst, it simply lacks a finesse that makes this film either memorable or stay with you long after having watched it.