An epic biblical movie from 2014, Christian Bale portrays Mozes in this generally negatively received epos from Ridley Scott
So Noshi wanted to see it, I hadn`t seen it yet, and as such we couched down for a nearly 3 hour ride through the old testament story.
Plot (from Wikipedia)
In 1300 BC, Moses, a general and accepted member of the Egyptian royal family, prepares to attack the Hittite army with Prince Ramesses, likely the Battle of Kadesh. A High Priestess of Sekhmet (the war goddess) divines a prophecy from animal intestines, which she relates to Ramesses' father, Seti I. She tells the two men of the prophecy, in which one (of Moses and Ramesses) will save the other and become a leader. During the attack on the Hittites, Moses saves Ramesses' life, leaving both men troubled. Later, Moses is sent to the city of Pithom to meet with the Viceroy Hegep, who oversees the Hebrew slaves. Upon his arrival, he encounters the slave Joshua, who is a descendant of Joseph, and Moses is appalled by the horrific conditions of the slaves. Shortly afterwards, Moses meets Nun, who informs him of his true lineage; he is the child of Hebrew parents who was sent by his sister Miriam
to be raised by Pharaoh's daughter. Moses is stunned at the revelation
and leaves angrily. However, two Hebrews also overhear Nun's story and
report their discovery to Hegep.
Seti dies soon after Moses' return to Memphis, and Ramesses becomes the new Pharaoh
(Ramesses II). Hegep arrives to reveal Moses' true identity, but
Ramesses is conflicted about whether to believe the story. At the urging
of Queen Tuya,
he interrogates the servant Miriam, who denies being Moses' sister.
When Ramesses threatens to cut off Miriam's arm, Moses comes to her
defense, revealing he is indeed a Hebrew. Although Tuya wants Moses to
be put to death, Ramesses decides to send him into exile. Before leaving
Egypt, Moses meets with his adopted mother and Miriam, who refer to him
by his birth name of Moishe. Following a journey into the desert, Moses comes to Midian where he meets Zipporah and her father, Jethro. Moses becomes a shepherd, marries Zipporah and has a son Gershom.
Nine years later, Moses gets injured during a rockslide. He comes face to face with a burning bush and a boy called Malak,
who serves as a representative of the God of Abraham. While recovering,
Moses confesses his past to Zipporah and reveals what God has asked him
to do. This drives a wedge between the couple, because Zipporah fears
he will leave their family. After he arrives in Egypt, Moses reunites
with Nun and Joshua, as well as meeting his brother Aaron
for the first time. Moses returns to confront Ramesses, demanding the
Hebrews be released from servitude. Ramesses refuses to listen,
insisting that to free the slaves would be economically impossible. Upon
Moses threatening Ramesses' life, Ramesses orders the death of Moses,
executing random Hebrew families until he is found. Using his military
skills, Moses trains the slaves in the art of war. The Hebrews start
attacking the Egyptians, prompting Ramesses to raid slave villages.
Malak appears to Moses and explains that ten plagues
will affect Egypt. All the water in the land turns to blood, and the
Egyptians are further afflicted by the arrival of frogs (lice omitted in
this telling) and flies. The plagues of the death of livestock, boils,
hail and thunder, locusts, and darkness then affect the country. While
conversing with Malak, Moses is horrified at learning the tenth plague
will be the death of all firstborn children. The Hebrews protect
themselves by covering their doors with the blood of lambs, as
instructed by Moses. Ramesses is devastated over his son's death and
relents, telling Moses and the Hebrews to leave.
During the exodus from Egypt, the Hebrews follow Moses' original path through the desert and towards the Red Sea.
Still grieving for his son, Ramesses decides to go after the Hebrews
with his army. After making their way through a dangerous mountain pass,
Moses and the Hebrews arrive at the edge of the sea, uncertain about
what to do. Out of despair, Moses flings his sword into the sea, which
begins to recede. Ramesses and his army pursue the Hebrews, but Moses
stays behind to confront them. The Red Sea reverts to its normal state,
drowning the majority of the Egyptians (crossing the Red Sea).
Moses survives and makes his way back to the Hebrews. Ramesses is
revealed to have survived, but he is distraught over the destruction of
his army. Moses leads the Hebrews back to Midian, where he reunites with
Zipporah and Gershom. At Mount Sinai, after seeing Malak's displeasure at the Hebrews' construction of the Golden Calf, Moses transcribes the Ten Commandments. Years later, an elderly Moses riding with the Ark of the Covenant sees Malak walking with the Hebrews through the desert.
What I liked about it
* The visual spectacle is superb. The depiction of the plagues, the Red Sea splitting and returning, the sheer visuals of the surroundings are all fantastically done.
What I didn`t like about it
* The fatc that everything after the Red Sea, like the Golden Calf, the Ten Commandements, and the journey through the desert (40 years for a 3 day's walk... they should have given him a compass instead of the Ark) is crammed in like 4 minutes, ommiting a LOT from the biblical story.
In the end, Noshi enjoyed the movie for it`s sheer entertainment value, but I have to admit I wasn`t to wild about it in all honesty.
Cutting off the Retreat!
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