Wednesday, 29 October 2014

"Is that meant to humble me? Because it will not!"

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest trailer for Ridley Scott's (Prometheus) biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings.

Exodus: Gods And Kings is a retelling of the story of Moses, with Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) as the prophet and exodus leader.

Tradition has it Moses was rescued as a baby, discovered in bulrushes along the banks of the River Nile, abandoned by a desperate mother when the then-Pharaoh ordered the murder of male newborns among his Hebrew slaves. Found by the Pharaoh's daughter, he was raised with the royals, alongside the future Pharaoh Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton). But a burning bush speaking with the voice of his people's god convinced Moses to lead the Israelite slaves to freedom, leading to the parting of the Red Sea and a 40 year trek through the desert to the Promised Land. Rhamses, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.

The 1956 Cecil B. De Mille film, The Ten Commandments, is one of the main reasons that people talk about epics being on "a Biblical scale", and this looks be similarly huge in scope. Scott has opted for old school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs.

With Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Ben Kingsley (Hugo), John Turturro (The Good Shepherd), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly), Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) and Indira Varma (Rome) among the eclectic cast, Exodus: Gods And Kings will hit UK cinemas on December 26.

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