A re-telling of the ancient biblical story of how Moses (Bale) rose up against his ‘brother’, the Pharaoh Ramses (Edgerton) and freed 600 000 slaves from 400 years of bondage and servitude.
And wow….is this movie bringing the controversy! Phew!
I am not religious and am familiar with this story only from dim childhood memories. I viewed this movie as just another epic story. Hey, it was 150 minutes long…deny it’s epic-ness! If this attitude displeases you, then please move along and read another review.
Stirred up and spurned on by an ancient prophecy or two, Moses sets about freeing the slaves of Egypt. As the title states, this was a time when men ruled as living Gods. Their word was law and woe to anyone who disagreed with them. Even though crops have failed, Ramses is genuinely annoyed that anyone suggest he should go hungry simply because his people starve. Yeah, not a nice person at all.
Early on, we learn that even Ramses’ father Seti (Turturro) has grave doubts as to his son’s ability to rule Egypt. He tells the much more stable and suitable Moses that if he could, he would make him Pharaoh. But as we all know, Moses is the son of a slave and not of the royal (inbred) blood so he cannot inherit a thing, let alone the throne of Egypt.
Having been told by the Jewish elders that it is prophesied that he will save them all and disillusioned with life in Memphis, the then capital of Egypt, Moses sets off to wander the desert. It is in the desert that he begins to talk with God …… and yes I really enjoyed this particular representation of God.
So Moses sets about freeing the slaves….with some help from God. God sends plagues and stuff. He pulls his weight for sure.
Then we see 600 000 people trudge across the desert, walking out of Egypt. But there is a problem …. between Egypt and freedom lies the Red Sea. No problem…..God does his thing and parts the Red Sea and they just walk across.
I really enjoyed this movie for what it was. A great big story about brotherhood, love, betrayal, freedom, family and all those other things epic stories encompass. A good man with a good heart and faith in what he was doing was right, led his people to freedom. And it was the right thing to do, religion or not.
Bale was his usual brilliant self and even though Edgerton did look a little silly as a Pharaoh, I don’t care because he’s one of my faves. The sets were amazing and the Red Sea scenes were worth the admission price alone. The movie never got preachy or over religious so if that’s a concern for you, it need not be.
I love a good epic and this is about as epic as they come.
3 out of 5 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Ridley Scott
Starring : Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Hiam Abbass, Indira Varma
Running Time : 150 minutes
Release Date : 4 December 2014