I went to see Exodus with an open mind. I left feeling disappointed and wondering why Ridley Scott decided to make this movie. Other than spectacular visuals, use of CGI and gratuitous use 3-D, he don’t seem to care about anything else, such as Biblical truth. You will probably never see such detailed visuals of ancient buildings, slums of slaves, and huge ocean waves. The added effect of 3-D adds a lot to the powerful plague scenes.
Amazing, over-the-top visuals aside this is a classic example of poor movie making. When will filmmakers realize the main reason people watch films is for a story to be told and to relate to the characters involved? It’s not to watch scene after scene of meaningless special effects, as entertaining as they are! The story of Moses in the Bible is rich, amazing and epic. Unfortunately the story in this film is slow, lacks heart, but more importantly, completely betrays the Bible story.
That’s it! There is nothing more that I could appreciate other than I getting out of the house for awhile. Exodus felt empty, cheap with ficitious Moses and Ramses. Christian Bale’s acting was alright, but it’s nothing special. And in some scenes he seemed to have a British accent. That was just weird. Some scenes are memorable, and others down right laughable. There are many points Exodus is actually a bit boring, even if the visual effects are great. It’s hard to imagine the same man directed Gladiator. He should have stuck to fiction and not tried a classic Biblical story people are familiar with.
It’s like this, when you don’t tell the whole truthful story the characters involved are ultimately betrayed. The movie suffers from this particularly in the distortion of Moses’ relationship with God was idiotic – portraying God as an unwise brat. Ridley Scott would have done well to concentrate on staying true to the Bible and establishing a connection between the audience and the two central characters: God and Moses. Unfortunately we end up with a movie that is desperately trying to be epic in scale and visuals but somewhat confusing in it’s story and characters.
I just don’t understand how the director blindly spent so much of his budget on CGI technology without caring about the integrity of the story, character building and writing a decent script. All of which, together with the special effects, could have created a masterpiece. Instead the viewers had to be happy watching the magnificent sequence of millions of frogs jumping ancient buildings. Ridiculous! You’ve been warned.