Exodus: Gods and Kings | Chicago Reader

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott made this Biblical epic the old-fashioned way, casting thousands of extras instead of conjuring them up digitally, and the movie works well as big-budget spectacle despite a ho-hum script. Christian Bale stars as Moses, politically awakened to lead his people out of captivity, and a bald-headed Joel Edgerton plays the Pharaoh, first Moses's buddy but then his deadly antagonist. The movie's best gimmick is presenting God, in his mountainside colloquies with Moses, as a sadistic little boy, the kind who likes to fry ants on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass. This was shot in 3-D, which comes in especially handy when Scott arrives at the plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red (and also blue, I guess) Sea. With Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and John Turturro.

Credits

Director:

  • Ridley Scott

Cast:

  • Christian Bale
  • Joel Edgerton
  • John Turturro
  • Aaron Paul
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Golshifteh Farahani
  • MarĂ­a Valverde
  • Ben Mendelsohn
  • Dar Salim
  • Indira Varma
  • Isaac Andrews
  • Andrew Tarbet
  • Hiam Abbass

Producers:

  • Peter Chernin
  • Ridley Scott
  • Jenno Topping
  • Michael Schaefer
  • Mark Huffam

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