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  • Exodus: Movie Review

    Merkwürdige Liebe

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    2.5
    Desimartini | Updated - December 05, 2014 14:52 PM IST
    3.5DM (547 ratings)

    Verdict - Well-crafted action doesn't salvage this confused, dull movie with interesting ideas.

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    Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' tells the biblical story of Rhamses and Moses, an old-fashioned brothers-in-arms-turned-bitter-rivals about the latter leading the Jews' liberation from slavery against the former's empire. Scott's version hints at a revisionistic approach: shots of Moses (Christian Bale) talking to god often cut to perspective shots of another character watching him talk to himself. The movie seems to question unbridled faith in god, almost portraying Bale's character as a madman whose irrationalality serves a noble cause. But unlike Brett Ratner's intelligent 'Hercules' which also depicted a mythological epic cleverly marrying subversive revisionism with genuine myth-making, 'Exodus' is a tiresome, and at times problematic, retelling of the story. The drama between the two leaders mostly feels trite, and it's hard to accept the catastrophic setpieces as pure spectacle because the movie claws at Big Themes in a far too self-serious fashion. Scott treats the destruction - the ten commandments - with enough propulsion for an action movie, but I simply couldn't get myself to enjoy the spectacle because Scott seems to perversely linger on the misery of the people. Most of the movie comes across as laboured and humourless, one which wants to deal with profound ideas but one that doesn't infuse life into its drama. Scott's generic, lackluster visual style dominated by greasy browns and pale, grim bluish greys, is especially painful to look at what with the darkening, headache-inducing 3D. I was genuinely invested in the initially non-believing Moses' tale of turning into a believer/madman-messiah, but the movie doesn't really go anywhere with it and the other uninteresting aspects of the movie are far too distracting. For a purported epic, it's disappointing how meatless 'Exodus' turns out to be.

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    Rated 4.0December 07, 2014

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