Exodus: Gods and Kings

December 12, 2014

Christian Bale and Ben Kingsley in EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS.

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian

Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Hiam Abbass

Rating: PG-13 (for violence including battle sequences and intense images)

Running Time: 150 minutes

Ridley Scott’s bloated 150 minute epic about Moses (Christian Bale) rising up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) is mediocre at best. There are many issues in the film: Bale, who is a great actor, seemed miscast as Moses; John Turturro, who played Seti, got laughs at the screening I attended when he first spoke with his Brooklyn accent; Sigourney Weaver, as Tuya, was reduced to a background prop in many scenes. But the biggest issue is that the film is too long and too boring. It just falls flat. There are some amazing special effects and impressive production design, but it isn’t enough to make this an enjoyable movie going experience.

Grade: C-

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