EXODUS: Gods and Kings review: It has a few shades of grey

December 6, 2014 8:30 PM

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EXODUS: Gods and Kings review: It has a few shades of grey

“FROM the economic standpoint alone”, that wouldn’t be feasible. This is Ramses II (Joel Edgerton) telling Moses (Christian Bale) why he can’t set the Hebrew slaves free. If that sounds unlikely coming out of a Pharaoh’s mouth circa 1300 BCE, you are not alone. Ridley Scott’s Exodus is as epic in scale as the director likes them, with horses, swords and men in togas. He gets to stage several battles, rain down impressive plagues and even raise a wall of water — though unfortunately in the wake of Interstellar’s own spectacular version of it. However, none of this covers the fact that Exodus has nothing to say.

Unlike the equally ambitious Noah of earlier this year, which interpreted that story as an eternal conflict to keep one’s faith, Exodus has few shades of grey. Ironically, its only mercurial creature may be its God, portrayed as a petulant and spookily smiling child by Andrews, who isn’t averse to c...

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