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Movie Review: Gods of Egypt


We’re already two full months into 2016, and so far Hollywood has dished out its typical fare: the horror film (The Witch), the biopic (Race), and—as it would so appear—we have Gods of Egypt as the action/adventure film.

And it doesn’t do an entirely bad job of fitting the bill.

Let me start off by saying you’re in for a good entertainment experience when you hear the velvety voice of Lindsay Farris, better known for his role in 2010’s Primal. What makes Farris’ voice so memorable is the fact that it sounds exactly like Jeremy Irons, who voices Scar in the Disney classic, The Lion King.

Very appropriate choice for a narrator that basically tells us an Egyptian version of Hamlet (Which in turn inspired The Lion King).

The narrator introduces himself as Bek, a man who once found himself in the center of a conflict so great that it changed the courses of history and mythology forever.

Told in a flashback, Bek (played on screen by Brenton Thwaites) shares to the audience how he was involved in a very Shakespearian-like tragedy: The wise and noble ruler of all of Egypt; Osiris (Bryan Brown), is killed by his cruel Brother, Set (Gerard Butler; an actor with the ability to dominate the screen no matter what performance he gives), who becomes the new king and – surprise – becomes feared and hated by everyone.

Cliché, isn’t it? It would be, if the brothers were not Egyptian Gods in addition to kings.

This bloodlust must be stopped by his nephew Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the God of Air. Horus has made an alliance with the mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites), who has agreed to help Horus in his quest for vengeance against Set in exchange for saving the life of his beloved Zaya (Courtney Eaton).

Although to be perfectly honest, the chemistry between Bek and Horus is stronger than the chemistry between Bek and Zaya. “Not that there’s anything wrong with it!” says Seinfeld.

We’ve seen movies about Ancient Egypt done already, such as The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Mummy. But Gods of Egypt is quite unique in this respect. Why? Because unlike all of its predecessors, Gods of Egypt takes a unique approach in combining the culture’s notorious Gods with the mortal individuals and exploring the possibilities of what would happen if they were forced to create an alliance.

To conclude, Gods of Egypt is a good film. Not a great film, but a good film. It is worth seeing, however it’s numerous plot lines and trite main plot line make it unworthy of remembrance.

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