The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
I’m not a massive fan of sword and sandals epic biblical movies, but this incredible cast (Mendelsohn, Turturro, Kingsley, Bale, Edgerton, Weaver) and director (Ridley Scott) piqued my interest.
The movie sets the scene by showing the opulent decadence that the Pharaohs lavish themselves with and an epic battle that features the two protagonists. The heir and his trusted childhood advisor fight side-by-side in a massive yet quick battle.
A prophecy creates paranoia and Moses (Christian Bale) is banished by this old friend and now King (Joel Edgerton). Moses learns about his history, speaks to god and starts a mission to free the slaves.
There are recreations of the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea tales from the Bible. There are intense and violent action scenes and there are plenty of quotable truths. It's all wrapped around a breathtakingly epic spectacle.
However, the cast, except Bale and Edgerton, is underused – especially Sigourney Weaver who barely says a word. Ben Mendelsohn and John Turturro both play their role with a camp fun-ness. Between the first battle and the plagues, the story stumbles and loses its momentum.
Overall, it was better than I expected, with common Egyptian themes presented in an accessible way. The epic scenes are gorgeously framed and the cinematography is beautiful throughout.