‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ showcases why biblical epics can be dicey propositions (B-)

December 11, 2014 7:40 PM

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It can’t be easy when God reaches down and chooses you as an instrument of his will. The expectations. The existential torment. The helplessness of watching water turn to blood and locusts and frogs turn Egypt into their own chamber of horrors.

The flashy new biblical epic Exodus: God and Kings strips these burdens down to their narrative essentials and streamlines a big, thorny story into a manageable 21/2-hour blockbuster. But it forgets to pack the emotional sting. Admirably cogent, even colloquial, Exodus plows through its stages effic...

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