I know what you’re thinking, why does the world need another poorly adapted, sub-par, and cliché Bible based movie? This year has already been riddled with movies with God at the center. April saw the release of three films that bore some kind of Christian trademark or story.
First, there was Noah, then there was Son of God, third there as Gods not Dead, and Heaven is for Real has just opened up in theaters. Will 2014 be remembered as the year of Bible based movies?
While I don’t think Bible based movies will turn into the next superhero genre, it is possible that Exodus: Gods and Kings will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Let’s start with what we know. Websites tell us that the film gives an account of Moses’ hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, other than that, everything else is kind of up in the air. While our knowledge of the story is limited and vague, Exodus: Gods and Kings promises to provide entertainment for all audiences.
Now, let’s look at the details. Who is behind this? Who will play the famed role of Moses? And why should I expect quality writing to come from a Bible based film?
First, Ridley Scott is behind the helm. You may remember him from such genre defining classics as Aliens, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and the 2000 Oscar Best Picture winner Gladiator as well as many, many other films. While Ridley Scott may not be the talk of the town in today’s day and age, he has a gift for making quality films.
Second, Steven Zailian is behind the screenplay and writing. Now, some people may have no clue who this man is, but that’s the point. You never notice a great behind-the-scenes man, but you do remember them for their works. You may remember great classics such as Gangs of New York, Mission Impossible, American Gangster, Hannibal, and 1991 Best Picture winner Schindler’s List. All of which Steven Zailian helped write. The man has a talent for words, and I have no doubt that his talent will shine through in this film.
Finally, the talent. Now, this is what excites me the most. Solid direction and quality writing are nothing without the talent to present it, and that is where this all-star cast comes in. Christian Bale stars as Moses with Joel Edgerton playing opposite him as the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses. We will also see Aaron Paul playing the successor to Moses, Joshua. The father of Joshua, Nun will be played by Ben Kingsley. Finally, former Aliens star and arguably Ridley Scott’s favorite actress to use, Sigourney Weaver will be playing alongside Ramses as his wife, Tuya. Now if that alone does not motivate you to see this film, I am not sure what will. All of these cast members have proven themselves in past dramatic roles, and will fit perfectly in this re-telling of a Sunday school classic.
But, just in case you have doubts and need some convincing, here are some more reasons why you should be excited to see Exodus: Gods and Kings.
First, the talent. Exodus is being presented as a dramatic retelling of the Israelites exodus from Egypt. While Ridley is most known for his great action movies filled with innovative action sequences and eye catching battles, Exodus will most likely be filled with dramatic character development and more suspenseful action sequences such as the ten plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. The talent in the movie have all proven themselves to be phenomenal dramatic actors who really know how to draw people into the story. While Christian Bale may be post-Batman, let’s not forget his thrilling and exciting roles in The Prestige and Out of the Furnace, both roles centered on character acting and development.
Aaron Paul has proven to us over five seasons of Breaking Bad that he knows how to make emotional connections with the audience. His role in Exodus will be as Moses’ (Christian Bale) protégé Joshua. If Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it’s that this man can play a supporting role like few others.
The antagonist, Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses played by Joel Edgerton. Most known for his roles in Warrior and The Great Gatsby. Joel has proven himself as a no-holds-barred character. Much like he didn’t show his brother any mercy in Warrior, you can expect him to show no mercy to Moses and the Israelites in this film.
Secondly, for the movie buffs. While a Sunday School Bible story isn’t really the forte of Sci-Fi/Fantasy guru Ridley Scott, he has a unique skill that could really sling-shot this movie into greatness. Ridley Scott has the unmistakable talent to take unfamiliar concepts or themes and turn them into familiar and relatable movies. Look at Blade Runner or Aliens. Both were miles ahead of their time and both are considered sci-fi and fantasy classics. But when they were released, the concept of space travel, aliens and the like was only ever attributed to Star Wars, the Star Trek series and other cult classics.
Ridley took the concept and turned it into a blockbuster hit that jump started the modern sci-fi/fantasy genre. The same can be said about his work with Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, both films jump-started their modern genres respectively. While Ridley may not be the talk of the town, I am confident his work with Exodus: Gods and Kings will be some of his best yet.
I am also excited to see how Ridley deals with the ten plagues that haunted Egypt, special effects have come a long way since Cecil Demille’s The Ten Commandments in ’56 and I am interested in seeing how modern technology can bring those plagues and the parting of the Red Sea to life.
In conclusion, Exodus: Gods and Kings is lining up to be a blockbuster hit. Solid directing, solid writing, and solid talent all point toward a great movie. The movie is currently in post-production and is scheduled to be released December 12th of 2014.
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