Exodus – A pale comparison to The Ten Commandments
Synopsis by IMDb: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Director: Ridley Scott
Christian Bale as Moses
Joel Edgerton as Ramses
John Turturro as Seti
Aaron Paul as Joshua
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
Did you know? Joel Edgerton found out about getting the role of Ramses when he received multiple congratulatory emails from people who had heard about his casting online.
Movie we recommend if you liked Exodus: The Ten Commandments (1956), The Prince of Egypt (1998)
What I think of the movie Exodus
One of the first thing anyone reading this review should take into account is the fact that I have been a big fan of the movie The Ten Commandments from the get go which is pretty much the same thing as Exodus but with a better backstory. When compared to one another, Exodus come up short on the quality of the story. I don’t know if it’s because Ridley Scott directed it and he is known for his action movie or something else but they clearly haven’t conveyed the true sense of Moses’ story.
I may understand the difficulties Ridley Scott may have met doing this movie but the end product was much closer to an action movie than the interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Book of Exodus. To me, it looked like another disaster just like Noah with Russell Crowe, a disaster not even worth watching.
When the movie started, I was ready, popcorn in one hand and a coke in the other ready to wash it down. The first part of the movie portrait to story of how Moses become a prince of Egypt instead of a simple slave. Pharaoh had commanded that all male Hebrew children born be drowned in the river Nile, but Moses’ mother placed him in an ark and concealed the ark in the bulrushes by the riverbank, where the baby was discovered and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. All in all, I think they made a good job at it. No non sense.
All the major events of the Book of Exodus are present in the movie but they lack a certain charm. After the discovery of Moses lineage by Pharaoh, he his quickly banished for the murder of an overseer who was punishing hebrew slave. After wandering the desert, he stumble upon the well of Jethro. He decide to join the family and become a shepherd. Soon after, he took for wife the oldest daughter of Jethro, Zipporah. Nine years later, following his conversation with god, Moses go back to Egypt abandoning his wife and child. This part of the movie is just a confirmation of my initial belief that the movie have been badly thought of.
Every event in the movie is darker than it needed to be. The abandonment of his wife and child, the way god is described as a thoughtless child with rage bundled up against Egyptians, etc. There is also the many scene where sacrifice of animals is observed. Is it really necessary to point the camera on the sheep getting his throat slash and the horse falling down the precipice? I don’t think so. So why do it?
I think they could have made a better recounting of Moses life as a prince of Egypt to better highlight the sacrifices he had to make and the willpower necessary to make them. Think about it, a prince with countless riches fight for the freedom of slaves which was common in those times and lose everything doing it.
Conclusion – Should you go see it?
I don’t recommend to go see it. The movie portray god in a childish way and with nothing but hate and vengeance on his lips. I think many people who actually read the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt will be displease by how Ridley Scott made this interpretation. Many say that it’s all about perception, one thing is for sure, my perception of this movie is clearly a negative one. I highly suggest watching The Ten Commandments instead.