“Exodus” goes big, thanks to Ridley Scott
Story of Moses supercharged with powerful imagery
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“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” a film directed by Ridley Scott, tells the story of Moses (played by Christian Bale), Ramses (played by Joel Edgerton), and their epic fight for the fate of the Jewish people.
Most people know the story of Moses and how he was able to lead the Jewish people to freedom, but it has never been told in such a gritty fashion. Scott is known for films such as “Gladiator,” “Alien,” and ”Prometheus,” where he tells his stories through epic scope. In “Exodus,” he does not hold back at all.
Throughout the film, the audience is spoon-fed by incredible, powerful imagery. He did a great job showing how big and powerful Egypt was. Pretty much every shot in this movie really shows the scale of the situation perfectly. The 3-D in this movie was a really sweet cherry on top that just amplified the depth and scope of the movie.
Although the movie looks great, it does lack a lot in character. Scott seemed to really care more about what the movie looked than the consciousness of the characters. Sure you understand the drama between the characters and their conflict, but you just don’t care as much as you should.
Also some of the characters did not seem to fit the role they played. For example, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, and Sigourney Weaver were cast to play important characters, yet they barely played any important role in the story at all. It seemed as if they were there just to fill the spaces.
Even though the characters weren’t fully what they could have been, it didn’t take you away from the movie as a whole, and you still can understand and enjoy the epic story of Moses and how he freed his people.
Overall, this movie gets a 3.5 out of 5. This movie had some great moments of action-packed scenes. Also, it had some small moments of humor that lighten the mood from all the drama, a move unexpected from a movie like this.
You do not have to be religious, or even know the story of Moses, to see this movie. It does very well to convey the most important details and tells the entire general story.
Of course, not all the details of the epic story were shown but the movie redeemed itself by using excellent scenes of entertaining tenacious action.
Anyone other than children can go see this movie because it is somewhat violent.
All in all, this movie definitely gets a recommendation, especially if you are looking for an epic movie to watch.
–Dec. 12, 2014–
Terry Zhu is a member of the Raider Times staff in 2014-15.