Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014): Review

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Exodus hit American theaters on Dec. 12 2014

Of all the films of the year, one of the most talked about and anticipated was Ridley Scott’s Exodus: of Gods and Kings. Loosely following the biblical account of the Hebrew’s exodus from Egypt, this blockbuster boasted breath-taking visuals, a talented all-star cast (Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, and the list goes on), and a familiar storyline to follow along with. Scott delivered a goliath of a film rivaling the size and shock-factor of the pyramids, but built on a weak foundation of underdeveloped character and thematic material which ultimately failed to support an epic, ancient tale rich with story and potential.

‘Familiar storyline’, as it turns out, is an understatement. Audiences, whether religious or not, complained of the huge gap that lay between the words in the Bible and the actions that played out in the onscreen interpretation…

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