Four hundred years of Hebrew slavery sanctioned the construction of imposing monuments, temples and pyramids in the old Kingdom of Egypt, now considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Exodus: Gods and Kings begins in the capital city of Memphis at a time when men ruled the world and were governed by ritual, prophecy and sacrifice in honour of their gods, for life.
Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) were raised together as brothers. At a time of radical change in Egypt, and in the face of mother Tuya’s (Sigourney Weaver) disapproval and father Seti’s (John Turturro) declining health, the boys are instructed to “keep each other safe, always”.
Ramses takes the throne as Moses learns of his true identity from Jewish Elder, Nun (Ben Kingsley) leaked to Ramses by covert viceroy Hegep (Ben Mendelsohn). This results in Moses being banished to the desert, across the Red Sea at the Straits of Tiran, and establishing a family in a remote village.
After nine years in exile, destiny calls Moses back to his homeland to face his treacherous brother, resolve treason and enter the battle of power to lead 600,000 slaves out of plague ridden Egypt.
The highlight of the movie is the outstanding special effects, graphic battlefield action, the dramatic scenes of bloodshed along the river and the creative representations of famine, locust plague and disease.
The characters are dwarfed by the imposing surroundings of marble pillars, fortress walls, statues larger than life and desert scenes that bear resemblance to the 1962 classic Laurence of Arabia.
With Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down amongst his achievements, director Ridley Scott is no stranger to the movies. Scott takes state-of-the-art visuals to a new level with 3D immersion to highlight this superbly filmed epic of historical significance, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
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