Ye gods, what was Ridley Scott thinking? His remake of the Old Testament book about Moses (Christian Bale, trying hard) freeing the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt shies away from all but the most essential religious implications, and relies instead on humongous desert battles, with Moses and Pharaoh Rhamses (miscast Joel Edgerton) lopping off heads. Juicy plot threads get lost in the shuffle and the drama runs dry. Not even the hamming of Ben Mendelsohn (as an effeminate Egyptian) nor the parting of the Red Sea (it happens while Moses is asleep) can alleviate the tedium. Loitering around the edges of the war zone are Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, María Valverde, Golshifteh Farahani, and John Turturro, wondering what to do next. Screenwriters Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, and Steven Zaillian are among the first to bail out. You should too. Director Scott’s Bible yawn is a white elephant without the courage of its convictions, trying to placate everyone and thrilling no one (150 min.).
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Peter Chernin, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Golshifteh Farahani, María Valverde, Ben Mendelsohn, Dar Salim, Indira Varma, Isaac Andrews, Andrew Tarbet and Hiam Abbass