|Source of story
||The book of the same name (of the Bible)
||Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian
||This movie is better known for the accusation that it engaged in “whitewashing” than for anything else, but actually according to some historians the Egyptians of the time were very “white”.
||Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Ewen Bremner, Tara Fitzgerald
||The Hebrew child, Moses, found in the bullrushes is brought up in the Egyptian royal court and, in a battle, saves the life of the pharaoh’s son. But he finds out his origins and later has to reveal them to the king, after which he is banished. Time passes and he returns to the city, destined to lead his people, who live their lives as slaves, into the desert and to a new country.
||There are battles involving chariots, horsemen and bowmen, and there are ceremonies in the Egyptian court and out in the city. The slaves are used to build the many pyramids, statues and other features. There are executions, plagues, visitations and a trek into the desert, and finally the event in the Red Sea. A bit of snogging but no nudity, drinking or drugs.
||It’s one of those things isn’t it, that when we know how it’s all going to end, the scriptwriters are given the very difficult task of filling a couple of hours of meaningful drama to keep us entertained before we get to it. It has generally been accepted that they did not succeed in this case, although I really liked the horses. Tiresome – even if you enjoy biblican epics.