Movie review: ‘Exodus,’ not being over-the-top, settles for underwhelming

December 12, 2014 12:00 AM

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Movie review: ‘Exodus,’ not being over-the-top, settles for underwhelming

From its prophet to its (spoiler alert) parting of the Red Sea, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” presents a more nuanced Moses story than Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic “The Ten Commandments.”

About an hour into Scott’s 21/2-hour biblical epic, however, comes a recognition that biblical epics ought not be subtle. Yes, they should exploit today’s more seamless effects technology and modern acting styles less hammy than the Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner 1-2-3-smolder approach.

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