“Ridley Scott’s eye-candy spectacle [is] an over-the-top Old Testament epic that’s essentially Gladiator with God,” writes EW‘s Chris Nashawaty. That might serve as both critique and the best advertisement that 20th Century Fox could possibly fathom for Exodus: Gods and Kings. Christian Bale stars as Moses, the Egyptian hero who discovers that his charmed life has been a lie, and that his true destiny is freeing the long-suffering Jewish slaves, who suffer under the heel and whip. Joel Edgerton is Ramses, the narcissistic pharaoh whose heart hardens with every horrible plague that engulfs Egypt, and a slew of famous actors pop up in the background of the Biblical epic.
No spoiler alerts are required, of course. But even though the story is as old as written history, no one will want to miss the end, when a giant wave crushes the Egyptian army, as famously depicted in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments. What will that ultimate special effect look and feel like in the hands of a modern CG master like Scott?
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