“A failed attempt to show the glory of the Egyptian pantheon of Gods in an action film that never connects with the viewer”
This film fails despite using all the correct ingredients. You’ll find stunning sets, a solid selection of actors and a reasonable storyline, all playing to the current taste for fantasy fiction action movies. The film tells the parallel stories of two human lovers and of the changing leadership of the gods.
Unfortunately the lead human character is under developed and we don’t really care for him – or for the love connection. His values are questionable, and his disdain for the gods is difficult to understand or believe. The gods themselves are given little development, and again we never really connect or care about them.
The special effects are good in places, but look very computer generated in others – and the inconsistency means we never really buy into the world.
I really wanted to enjoy this movie more, seeing how it scored roughly the same as Warcraft with many reviewers, however on this occasion I agree that this is one you can happily pass on.
The story had plenty to build on, to connect us with the characters in a more meaningful way.
Expanding on the way that Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – of Game of Thrones) fought for his love, Hathor (Elodie Yung) by defeating 47 demons. That would at least give us some depth to these characters and demonstrate the might of gods.
Our human lead, Bek (Brenton Thwaites) is a thief, with little in the way of redeeming virtues. He gets by on his wits and an amazing amount of luck (which amazes even the gods…). His love interest, Zaya (Courtney Eaton) seems more like a sister character than a lover – and she too isn’t that nice of a person, stealing from her employee and accepting (encouraging) Bek’s stolen goods.
I do generally like Gerard Butler usually, and his portrayal of the god Set is fine – nothing great, but watchable.
I try to balance my personal views by considering a mix of elements when coming up with a rating for a film, based on the following areas:
- Respect Source: Does the film respect the source material, if applicable. Does it reward those who are already invested in the characters and world that the movie represents?
- IMDB: The world’s largest collection of movie information, the International Movie Database also allows its users to vote on films. The addition of this element represents the popular vote – at the point in time when I did the review.
- Rotten Tomatoes: RT is well known for offering professional critical review on films and seems the most appropriate way to represent that portion of the viewers.
- Actors: Here I try to consider how well the actor plays their part – it’s more about the people bringing the characters to life, rather than the wider story.
- World: This rating represents the world in which the movie takes place – does it enhance the story, or detract? Is it consistent, or does it leave big gaps? It’s all the things happening around the actors.
- Production: This element considers the direction, production value, set design, writing, etc – here I try to consider all the technical elements that may or may not be in front of the camera.
- My Rating: What does my head and heart say about this movie, as soon as I come out of the movie theatre? It’s the gut reaction vote.