Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gods of Egypt
Releases February 26, 2016
2 hr 7 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy


Director: Alex Proyas
Writers: Matt Sazarna, Burk Sharpless

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus
Brenton Thwaites as Bek
Chadwick Boseman as Thoth
Elodie Yung as Hathor
Courtney Eaton as Zaya
Rufus Sewell as Urshu
Gerard Butler as Set
Geoffrey Rush as Ra
Bryan Brown as Osiris

Review by Stephen M.

Gods of Egypt is this year's first blockbuster disappointment as far as entertainment level for a big budget film.  The film which contains a bevy of actors that I admire such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Chadwick Boseman (42), stunts their ability to perform with cringing mind numbing dialogue and plot.  Also not helpful is the abundance of CGI that doesn't seem to mask itself in anyway leading more to an eyesore than eye candy.

The tale of a mortal, Bek (Brenton Thwaites) looking to save his love, reluctantly joining forces with a God, Horace (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) looking for revenge seems like a good idea for a plot on the surface.  However poor execution in many ways as mentioned before doomed the film making you wish the movie was buried under the sands of Egypt forever lost.  The sliver of enjoyment came usually from the cleverness of Bek played adequately by Brenton Thwaites despite the outlandishness of the situations that he faced.  Sure it is just a movie and the impossible happens, but certain scenes are just too silly  that you want to ignore.

Overall, I am deeply disappointed by this film given the trailer and my love for mythological tales.  The screening in which I attended was 3D, but it seemed to matter little as they try to add extra cost to a ticket but fail to deliver the goods.  While I look forward to Chad's next biopic movie, Nikolaj as the King Slayer again and Elodie as Elektra, this is one movie where their performances won't be missed.  Wait for this on free TV or Netflix if you really must watch.

Rating: 1.5 Star out of 5 Stars

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