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Gods of Egypt (2016)

R2V Summary.A tiresome CGI outing which is not really worth your time.
Duration2h 07m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyA sort of original screenplay based on an Egyptian myth
DirectorAlex Proyas
Writers/ScriptMatt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
StarringBrenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Bryan Brown, Chadwick Boseman, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung, Courney Eaton, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.4 by 112k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 15% by 195 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: In a version of ancient Egypt the country is governed by gods and during the coronation of Horus, his father Osiris is killed by the evil Set, who then defeats Horus in battle and steals his eyes. Horus in defeat is disheartened but regains one eye with the help of a mortal man Bek. Ra is brought into the equation, visited by both gods and is also defeated by Set.  Meanwhile Zaya girlfriend of  Bek has been killed, but Bek believes that with divine intervention she can be brought back to life. Can order be restored in the universe and Zaya revived.

Content: No sex or nudity, although the female gods are usually attired in bejewelled but revealing costumes. The gods are nine feet high, and in their super person armour twelve feet high. They spend a lot of time battling with each other. Zaya is seen making her way towards the world of the dead and it turns out that for a price the custodians of the place will let you live. Once Horus gets an eye back and finally his superpowers restored he is able to take on Set in mortal combat.

A View: There was a lot written and said about “whitewashing” the use of white actors to play Egyptians, for which Lionsgate apologised. Nevertheless, the film lost money. It was nominated in five categories of the Razzies. If I’m honest I seldom knew what was going on, so I would categorise it as tiresome. You could have it on while doing something else.

Other films in the Gods and Egyptians category you might want to avoid: Exodus: Gods and Kings and even worse: Wrath of the Titans.    

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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