Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton
Ridley Scott has once again created an epic historical movie which gives a proper explanation to what went down when Moses was telling the Pharaohs to let his people go. All the miracles that we know so well from this fable are explained away as natural disasters and most of them are pretty plausible, although I have to say, low tide is a bitch if you live by the Red Sea.
This realistic approach doesn't detract from the positive messages that came out of the Ten Commandments. Seeing Moses as a freedom fighter rather than some magical staff wielding wizard almost gives the bible some credibility. The controversy of using white Caucasians in the lead roles is just a stupid argument. If so, then film the entire dialog in Egyptian and Hebrew and throw up some subtitles. Although I have to say using Sigourney Weaver was pointless as she is on screen for about 2 seconds and her American accent put me off.
As with most agnostics, I got most my knowledge of the bible from Charlton Heston. This version doesn't go into much detail, so brushing up on the story wouldn't go astray beforehand. It kind of felt one was already meant to know it. Now making a modern day version of any biblical story was never going to be easy. I liked this platonic approach but then I also enjoyed the romance of the original 1950's epic. Either way Ridley Scott has made another masterpiece and I'm sure we will aptly see him win the Cecil B. DeMille award one day. So it shall be written. So it shall be done. ROB