But despite my reservations, Scott has also desentimentalised a relationship with God. As I left the cinema having being moved, provoked, angered and delighted in equal measure, I was encouraged that a huge global audience will get to wrestle with a fresh retelling of this powerful story. Amazon accused of censorship after removing Christian philosopher's trans critical book, £10,000 fine for church gathering in pub car park, The infinite human capacity to deceive ourselves and then rationalize it, Bill Hybels' daughter apologises for silence after sexual misconduct allegations, Reading the Bible has given Christians hope during the pandemic - survey, Christians get behind Northern Ireland Bill to end abortion up to birth for disabilities, Christian shop owners fined £17,000 for staying open during lockdown. The locusts then arrived from the southeast, as they often did. Housed inside a blue eco-cutout case with glossy slipcover and flyer for a Digital HD copy, the disc starts with skippable trailers. 9:13-35); locusts destroyed what was left (Exod. Audience Reviews for Exodus: Gods and Kings. 1213-1203 BC), who eventually succeeded Ramesses II as king of Egypt. Exodus: Gods and Kings - Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. When Moses speaks with God, it's clear that everyone else just sees Moses speaking to himself. And he seems to understand that God doesn't have to fit our expectations or traditions. It depicted pyramids being built, but the Egyptians had ceased building pyramids in the Middle Kingdom (ca. The film showed the plagues fairly accurately according to the Bible, but the question here is, how much of that was historically accurate, or even possible? Of course, this all seems quite incredible, but there are logical explanations that the film attempted to employ. The film opens in the year 1300 BC, late in the reign of Seti I (played by John Turturro), just before his son Ramesses II (ruled ca. And if you're hoping for a biblically faithful retelling of the book of Exodus – then again, no. [10] With that said, the form of slavery as it was depicted in the movie was more like “chattel” slavery that was common in the early modern Atlantic world. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' to Blu-ray on a Region locked, BD50 disc. There's a classic montage where Moses trains people to fight with swords, bows, arrows and, strangely, explosives. Whether it's the supreme feminist movie of the 90s 'Thelma and Louise', the genre-defining sci-fi classic 'Alien' or the heroic icon 'Gladiator', Scott has a full house of genuinely epic must-see movies under his belt. Director Ridley Scott has made some great films, but he seems drawn to huge battle epics, like Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood , which he doesn't seem particularly suited to. Christian Bale discusses his biblical epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' the legacy of Charlton Heston, and which Ridley Scott film is his favorite. The sickle sword became the standard sword used by the Egyptians throughout the New Kingdom and numerous pictorial reliefs from Egypt show the Egyptian army wielding them at Kadesh. In particular, the poll's data shows that 74 percent of American adults -- Christian and non-Christian -- are likely to see the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings film only if it is Biblically accurate. Was the story of Jekyll and Hyde based on real-life characters? 7:25-8:11); afterward a lice infestation infected the people (Exod. It was was not worthy of recycling, therefore, I threw it in the trash. This scene was neither biblically nor historically accurate. And God had not forgotten them." If I could write a review with no stars. Canada detains pastor for defying Covid-19 restrictions with in-person services. Scott seemed to have more CGI budget than he needed, so we get crazy crocodiles in the Nile that turn the river red, a shark in the Red Sea, not to mention redundant tornadoes and landslides wiping out Egyptian charioteers. Registered in England and Wales 5090917, Christian Today, International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2BN, Was Moses a freedom fighter or terrorist? Ramesses II was even responsible for building entirely new cities in the Delta region during his rule, which included Per-Ramesses and Per-Atum – the cities of “Ramesses” and “Pithom” in Exodus respectively. 4. 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The 20th Century Fox release EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS rated 1.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 and 3 in each of the above categories for a total rating of 2.5 out of a possible 5 stars, making it a film that will likely not resonate strongly with … The children would have been the most susceptible, but the perfect storm of environmental problems would have left people of all ages dead in its wake. Seti I probably chose Nefertari for his son, but all indications are that Ramesses truly loved her. I used to think that The Ten Commandments was notorious for its inaccuracies, both biblical and Egyptological. As of last night, I have found a new champion: Exodus: Gods and Kings… Although it is nearly impossible to gauge a person’s personality, especially someone who lived as long ago as Ramesses II, there is plenty of evidence to support this idea. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'christiantoday_com-box-4','ezslot_5',117,'0','0'])); For a movie maker who loves the idea of a romantic hero – a lone figure who uses all his rhetoric, intellect and skill in combat to overcome an impossible enemy – it's not surprising that Moses is recast as a military genius leading a terrorist uprising against the Egyptians. The Hort/Kitchen theory asserts that the blood was caused by oxygen fluctuations in the Nile River, not a crocodile infestation, which killed much of the fish. What exactly was Ridley… by Warren Nunn Published: 6 December 2014 (GMT+10) Modified: 9 December 2014 (GMT+10) 20 th Century Fox One of the posters for Exodus: Gods and Kings shows that the movie makers focus on a showdown between Moses and Ramses.. It’s understandable that if … 10:21-23); and finally the firstborn of all the Egyptians died (Exod. Not one of my chariotry looks for me; With that said, it is a movie worth checking out if you are interested in the history of the ancient world. A naturalistic counter-narrative is offered to the miraculous plagues, and even the parting of the Red Sea coincides with a meteor strike and a resulting tsunami. There were a number of “Asiatics” as the Egyptians called them (people from the Levant, such as the Hebrews) living in Egypt during the New Kingdom, especially in the Delta, but it is difficult to call all of them slaves. The scene may also have been inspired by the Zealot Rebellion of the first century AD, which was also in Judea but directed against the Romans. [8], The battle scene accurately depicted the use of chariot corps by both the Hittite and Egyptian armies, but erroneously depicted cavalry attacks. Christian Bale, who plays Moses, has been quoted describing God in the Exodus story as "Mercurial", and Scott has definitely made his God character fickle and erratic. The film later turns into a face-off between Rameses and Moses, almost culminating in hand to hand combat in the middle of a tsunami. A disembodied voice doesn't really seem to cut it at this moment in cinematic history. Exodus then skips forward to the time Moses encounters God at the burning bush, stating that nine years … Are we supposed to conclude that God is simply a delusion? The movie focuses on Moses and his journey with the Hebrews. Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale of Batman fame as Moses, opened in theaters this week. He gives Moses a handy head injury to initiate a conversion experience. 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is nowhere near as innovative. The darkness was the result of seasonal winds in March or April. As I made my way along the red carpet I heard voices shouting "Christian, Christian, Christian" I looked around wanting to say "Yes that's me and I am not ashamed" but it turns out that they were calling for Christian 'batman' Bale who was ahead of me on the carpet. This is religious art – a riff on the biblical story, not a faithful re-enactment. The Egyptians never practiced chattel slavery and Egyptians could be slaves as well as other non-Egyptian ethnicities. Nov 06, 2016. The 2014 film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the lead role as Moses, is a fictional take on some historical events in Late Bronze Age/New Kingdom Egypt, combined with a loose retelling of the biblical book of Exodus. 2055-1650 BC), hundreds of years before the events in the film. The Lord is a spoiled bratty dirty kid. As I watched this 'Exodus' in the middle of the pre-Christmas rush, the question in my mind by the Exodus story was 'Are you on God's side?' Meanwhile, Exodus: Gods and Kings has been annoying people since before its release, notably when it announced an almost entirely white cast to play its Middle Eastern and African characters. After Nefertari died, Ramesses had her interred in the Valley of the Queens, which is next to the more famous Valley of the Kings, in what is artistically one of the best tombs from the period. While this isn't a review about the movie Noah, Exodus: Gods and Kings is very much … But, even in Scott's suggestion that the miracles in Exodus are coincidental events, there is no arguing with their supernatural timing. This relationship reminded me of the Dreamworks animation 'The Prince of Egypt' (which gets a name check mid-movie by the way). The events of the Passover are thus portrayed as a bad decision made by a stroppy child. 11:4-7). [6]. The films two primary characters, Moses and Ramesses II, are sent to Kadesh in the Levant to halt the retreat of the Hittite Empire, about 120 miles south of the modern day city of Aleppo, Syria. Obviously, the movie is based on the well-known biblical account of Moses’ role in the exodus of the Hebrew slaves from the clutches of the Egyptian pharaoh and his powerful army, as recorded in the book of Exodus. There were also a number of smaller historical inaccuracies in the film. Also according to the movie, Moses ended up in the … Many were prisoners of war, some were dissidents and refugees, while others were merchants, and some were in fact slaves. Christian Bale stars as Moses in "Exodus: Gods and Kings." Note: If you plan to watch this movie, my review contains spoilers in comparison to what actually happened in the book of Exodus. Bible-based movies tend to do very well at the box office. It accurately portrays Nineteenth Dynasty Egypt as a busy place with plenty of building projects happening. Stay up to date with the latest Christian news! In the film, it all began with a swarm of crocodiles attacking river travelers, which caused the Nile to fill with blood ultimately creating the other catastrophes. If anything, it appears that the film’s writers and directors got the idea from later history, possibly the Maccabean Rebellion of the second century BC. More recently, Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen updated Hort’s work. The book of Exodus is part of the five-part origin narrative, not just of the Jewish nation, but of humanity itself, and these stories will not go away despite secularist cynicism and mockery. How Historically Accurate Is Victoria and Abdul? As they read, I pray they would come to know the full story of the God who hears the suffering of his people, brings us life and liberty, and offers us all an intimate relationship with himself in all of his ferocious grace.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'christiantoday_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_4',120,'0','0'])); Dr Krish Kandiah is the president of London School of Theology, the largest interdenominational, evangelical theological college in Europe. If you want to see a movie about Moses, I would recommend “The Prince of Egypt” or even the inaccurate but respectful “The Ten … Given the slate of biblically-inspired films in the last couple of decades, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' isn't all that terrible. Haeny, Gerhard. Please click here to learn how. It is known that Ramesses II had seven “Great Royal Wives” and many more concubines, several of which were foreign. How historically accurate is Martin Scorsese's movie Silence? The encounter at the well and the subsequent marriage to Zipporah seem to be biblically accurate. 10 inaccuracies plaguing the ‘Exodus’ movie Ridley Scott's epic film deviates from the biblical narrative in at least these 10 places. Made by the director who thinks much of himself and has little to no consideration for spiritual people or the subject matter. Scott is rich and successful enough that he doesn't need this film, and yet somehow this biblical story has got under his skin and he has given years of his life to bring it to the screen. In order to prevent … Exodus: Gods and Kings - my conclusion: My suspicion, based on how the movie portrays God, is that the producers/directors want viewers to see God as cruel, capricious, petulant, and vengeful. But alas, as noted since Scott feels no compulsion to be accurate to the Biblical account, and apparently a wall of water is too miraculous for him to stomach, there is no parting of the red sea, no wall of water on both … However, in spite of Ridley Scott's skills behind the camera, the film fails to engage on an emotional level that warrants the beautifully stunning visuals. Comparing the movie to the story of Moses straight out of the first 14 chapters of Exodus, it's even worse. The enduring king would outlive most of his children, but two were significant – Khaemweset and Merenptah, whom he both had with Queen Isetnefret. Film Review: Exodus - Gods and Kings This movie is not biblically accurate, let's get that out of the way. Too often movies have portrayed spirituality as some kind of ecstatic state of perpetual serenity. Whose side are you on? Just when Moses is telling Pharaoh to let God's people go, the Nile turns to blood and the plagues begin. Moses has suddenly become a mighty warrior. Before the New Kingdom, the Egyptians imported the sickle sword, which they referred to as a khepesh sword, from the Levant. Movie Review Exodus: Gods and Kings This movie shows the Ancient Egypt directed by Ridley Scott. A review of Exodus: Gods and Kings reveal that there are plenty of factual historical elements portrayed, but also a fair amount of fiction that often appears factual. So is the fact that thousands of years later these stories are still being retold. Indeed, Scott's movie comes hot on the heels of Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah', and rumours are circulating about Scott planning a biopic of King David.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'christiantoday_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_0',156,'0','0'])); Scott makes some controversial choices. This page was last edited on 7 March 2019, at 02:53. His favorite wife, though, appears to have been Nefertari, who was his wife in the movie. ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre 12/12/2014 08:11 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2015 Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays … Moses' tale of taking the Hebrews out of Egypt and slavery makes for some massive eye candy scenes of course. A monument usurpation was when a king would “erase” the previous king’s name on a monument and replace it with his own. Ramesses is also shown as a loving father, which again is difficult to gauge for sure, but there is evidence that he was at least proud of his children, or his ability to produce them. A review of the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. The story has been changed so much from the Biblical narrative … Interestingly, in one passage he admits to having been surrounded by the Hittites at one point in the battle: “I call to you, my father Amun, I am among a host of strangers; Photo: 20th Century Fox, APThe story of God’s deliverance of the Jews from Egypt 3500 years ago or so, told in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, is one of the greatest, most exciting and most inspiring … It is known that Ramesses II fathered at least fifty male and fifty female children, many of whom are depicted and named in reliefs on the walls of the Abu Simbel Temple. Are we preaching the wrong gospel for today's world? Thanks to the charity Damaris I was given a ticket to the 'Exodus' world premier in London's Leicester Square. And, sadly, that is the exact opposite of the true message of the exodus. The 2014 film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the lead role as Moses, is a fictional take on some historical events in Late Bronze Age/New Kingdom Egypt, combined with a loose retelling of the biblical book of Exodus.The epic begins with the Hebrew people enslaved in Egypt during the reign of … The style of sword that the Egyptians used during the battle and that Moses wielded throughout the film are not indicative of the Late Bronze Age. Horses were sometimes ridden for reconnaissance or to deliver messages, but they were only utilized with chariots in battle during the Bronze Age. The sad case of RS: Whatever happened to the sanctity of life? How historically accurate is the movie Hurricane (aka Mission of Honor). Exodus: Gods and Kings -- A Pastor's Review ... Exodus: Gods and Kings is a pointless film for any movie-goer. There are so many brilliant conversations that can be had off the back of this film. Overall, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” falls short of most of the plethora of previous renditions. It is far removed from the scriptures. But it seems that Andrews has been asked to portray God as moody, malevolent and mischievous. Although Ramesses II did, in fact, usurp plenty of his predecessors’ monuments, [4] it was actually a common practice and that fact that Ramesses lived so long should be considered when one discusses the number of monuments he built and usurped. Khaemweset almost outlived his father and would have become king, but instead, that went to his brother Merenptah (ruled ca. The film accurately shows that the Egyptians divided their forces into four divisions named for the most important gods of the New Kingdom – Re, Ptah, Seth, and Amun – and that Ramesses and his division were surrounded by the Hittites when they charged ahead. (Facebook) “Exodus – Gods and Kings”: a biblically based review. 9:8-12); hail destroyed much of the crops (Exod. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'christiantoday_com-box-3','ezslot_10',113,'0','0'])); Should you go and see Exodus? Cavalry was not fully developed until the Iron Age by the Assyrians for a number of reasons, the most important being that horses were too small in the Bronze Age. To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Here are a few. It has plenty of action, great sets and CGI, and some decent acting. British actor Isaac Andrews was just 11 years old when he was called upon to play literally the biggest role in the universe. But in this depiction of God I think Scott has unhelpfully infantilised God, defamed his character and belittled his glory. /Exodus: Gods and Kings — A Pastor’s Review. This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Christian Bale in a scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings." 8:20-32); the livestock were plagued with disease (Exod. But sometimes a feast can be too indulgent. Sorry.). During the 1950s, biblical scholar Greta Hort examined each plague separately, assigning logical explanations to each based on history, anthropology, geography, and biology. 10:1-20); darkness enveloped the land (Exod. [3]. At Ramesses II’s mortuary temple at Abu Simbel, the pharaoh had an accompanying temple built for Nefertari, which are marked by colossal statues of both the king and queen. All of it began in July or August during the annual inundation of the Nile River and ended about nine months later. Moses argues that this is barbaric revenge and says he will have no part in it. Polls show that one important consideration for viewers is biblical accuracy, however. 1279-1213 BC) (played by Joel Edgerton) succeeded him. [11]. But the Exodus story is clear that God was not on the side of the excesses of the Egyptian aristocracy, he was on the side of the poor and downtrodden. (20th Century Fox/Facebook)As 2014's "Year of the Bible Movie" enters its final phase—and the run up to the December release of Ridley Scott's highly anticipated film Exodus: Gods and Kings—Faith Driven Consumer continues to measure … There are some absolutely breathtaking shots and the set pieces are done with relish. Finally, the film depicts Moses leading a guerilla uprising against the Egyptians at one point. In more than two hours, the big budget film seemingly has something for everyone, but how historically accurate is it? We've already seen Morgan Freeman play God and subvert the caucasian stereotype, and now perhaps it's time to subvert Freeman's mild-mannered septuagenarian God. The Ten Plagues are aesthetically lavish, the panoramic views of ancient Egypt are spell-binding, and of course the closing (rather than the parting) of the Red Sea leaves you, along with the Egyptian army, gasping for breath. The frogs then left the river, dying and bringing forth the lice. Is Scott trying to demythologise the story, looking for an escape route to placate atheist critics, or avoid the truth of the miraculous interventions of God and their implications? Khaemweset was a high-priest of Ptah and an early scientist, which may have been the inspiration for the character in the film who tried to explain the plagues in a logical manner. It also showed Seti I being buried at the Abu Simbel Temple, which was, as mentioned earlier, a mortuary temple of Ramesses II. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting … He is also the founder of Home for Good, a start-up charity helping to find adoptive and foster homes for children in the care system. All countries are arrayed against me, 1294-1279 BC) and ends with Moses ascending Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. The 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings is a new telling of the biblical Exodus story for the silver screen. So I was disappointed with Darren Aronofsky's 2014 Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Scott plays fast and loose with the scriptures, making some huge … The movie, scheduled to hit theaters on December 12, stars Christian Bale as Moses and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as … Although Ramesses was portrayed as obsessed with his own image in the film, he was also shown as a loving father and husband, which evidence suggest was true to a certain extent. The film does not really show the outcome, but it is generally considered to have been a stalemate with the Hittites and Egyptians later entering into a permanent peace treaty. 7:14-24); then swarms of frogs inundated the land (Exod. 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is nowhere near as innovative. As if the story wasn't big enough already, Scott chucks in some extra embellishments. 'Exodus: Gods and Kings': Christian Bale on Moses, Biblical Scale, & Charlton Heston. And when Israel needs an escape route out of Egypt, a way through the sea opens up. With most of them being negative, you should still attempt to see a film with an open mind so you can form an opinion without bias. She may have traveled with him to the Battle of Kadesh and she also journeyed with him after death. Since the film concerns the biblical Exodus, it had to tackle the difficult subject of the biblical plagues. https://www.dailyhistory.org/index.php?title=Is_the_Film_Exodus:_Gods_and_Kings_Historically_Accurate%3F&oldid=15469. With that being said, Exodus is one of the worst movies released in 2014. The actors are great, but their excellent performance can't save the whole movie. Seti I, like most of the kings of the New Kingdom, was interred in the Valley of the Kings. Sure, Ramesses II may have had an ego, but it was probably not any bigger than that of any other king during the period. In terms of architecture, the film captured the general look of ancient Egypt, but mixed periods. [5] Therefore, the primary source evidence clearly shows that Ramesses II had a deep affection for Nefertari, his favorite queen. I keep shouting for them, R idley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is not exactly a documentary, so a comparison of the film’s adaptation to Scripture is not the point of the movie. [7], As historically accurate the depiction of the Battle of Kadesh was in Exodus: Gods and Kings, there were several aspects of it that were also inaccurate. Exodus: Gods and Kings is a 2014 epic biblical film directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, and Steven Zaillian.The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley.It is inspired by the biblical episode of The Exodus … I know Amun helps me more than a million troops.” [1], Ramesses was rescued by Moses in the movie, but in the historical Battle of Kadesh, it was a contingent of Egypt’s Canaanite allies who saved him. Exodus: Gods and Kings — A Pastor’s Review ... None of that is biblically accurate. 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