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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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Critic Consensus: While sporadically stirring, and suitably epic in its ambitions, Exodus: Gods and Kings can't quite live up to its classic source material.

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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (c) Foxmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including battle sequences and intense images)
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ridley Scott, Steve Zaillian, Steven Zaillian, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 2015
Box Office: $65.0M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast

Aaron Paul
as Joshua
Indira Varma
as High Priestess
Ben Mendelsohn
as Viceroy Hegep
Ghassan Massoud
as Ramses' Grand Vizier
Dar Salim
as Commander Khyan
Ken Bones
as Ramses' Scribe
Philip Arditti
as Viceroy Hegep's Aide
Hal Hewetson
as Gershom
Christopher Sciueref
as Stonework Guard
Aaron Neil
as Architect
Nicholas Khan
as Firepit Guard
Phil Perez
as Egyptian Soldier
Jorge Suquet
as Grain Store Guard
Giannina Facio
as Jethro's Sister
Anthony Rotsa
as Egyptian Soldier #2
Ayoub El Hilali
as Egyptian Soldier #3
Miguel G. Borda
as Ramses' Gate Guard
Ziad Abaza
as Divisional Commander
Simran Singh Buttar
as Egyptian Civilian 1
Chloe Edmonds
as Israelites
Kane Headley-Cumming...
as Fan Handler (For Ram...
Kane Headley
as Fan Handler
Tyrone Love
as Royal Couturier
Haaris Mirza
as High Priest
Sunny Nersian
as Egyptian Middle Clas...
Juan Poveda
as Slave Master
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Critic Reviews for Exodus: Gods and Kings

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (40)

Exodus is all over the place. Except on one point: Scott delivers the all-important spectacle. The well-staged, emotionally resonant Red Sea climax may send viewers out on a high - even as they wonder what exactly they got high on.

Full Review… | December 1, 2015
Seven Days

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings runs for almost 21/2 hours, and that still isn't enough time for it to figure out why it's here or what it wants to say.

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
Kansas City Star

Ridley Scott never answers the important question: Why?

Full Review… | June 12, 2015
Movie Habit

Yet I say unto thee that this hath many moments which be good-ish and watch-able enough and by-the-Book, and yet smacketh of being too graven and tablet-y in their images. If only this wereth not a moment-y mega-movie but an actual, feeling-filled film...

Full Review… | May 25, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

When it comes to the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott pulls out all the stops. The Nile doesn't simply run red; it has ferocious crocodiles snapping up the locals, too. It's the stuff in between the set-piece scenes that's the problem.

Full Review… | May 10, 2015
Movie Talk

It is devoid of any sort of compelling emotional background or natural storytelling acumen. This last detail is especially damning, as this is one of the best-known tales in the Western World.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
Legion of Leia

Audience Reviews for Exodus: Gods and Kings

Unfortunately controversy muted the response of this usually popular Biblical story, that the cast was not as diverse as the cultures historically involved, and so reception was tame. Regardless of that the presentation, sort of a modern day take on the Cecil B. DeMille version (the definitive take, yah?) is not bad at all. It only feels lacking the sumptuous depravity, the glorious spectacle of the previously mentioned, it feels less through no fault of its own. Its still worth a look.

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A flawed though ambitious adaptation of the story of Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and how they begun as basically brothers, but how God's will propels one to fight for the freedom of his people, and the other for the survival of his kingdom. While far from director Ridley Scott's best work (that belongs to "Alien" and "Black Hawk Down"), this is certainly a decent admission into his filmography. Sure, there are some gaps in the storyline (to be fair, it is a tough one to fit in under a three hour frame) and the middle section is slow-paced given the nature of the development of the story, but ultimately this movie is not bad by any means. This is a better realized version of a Biblical story than "Noah" was, and even though the film has problems (God being portrayed as a little boy is a big error), the mere scope and look of the picture and the time it takes place is fascinating, even if in the end it does not earn an automatic recommendation.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

½

Spectacular cinematography and CGI, with a daringly unconventional performance by Christian Bale. This is an fantastic and fresh retelling of a well-worn story. If you're looking for biblical fidelity or a romanticized version of Old Testament characters, this isn't likely to be a film you'd enjoy. However, if you're looking for an exciting period action movie with characters acting like real people rather than idealistic martyrs, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is miraculous.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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