(2014) (Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: Following the word of God, an Egyptian prince turns against his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh, to lead the Hebrews to the promised land.
- It's 1300 B.C. and the Pharaoh Seti (JOHN TURTURRO) has continued the four centuries old use of enslaved Hebrews to build out Egypt, all while his military, led by his son, Rhamses (JOEL EDGERTON), and top general, Moses (CHRISTIAN BALE), quells any threats. Seti wishes Moses could be his successor, but since he was adopted as an infant and isn't in the blood line, that simply can't be.
Upon his father's passing, Rhamses takes control and is torn about how to respond to allegations from a viceroy, Hegep (BEN MENDELSOHN), that Moses is actually a Hebrew, something the general previously heard from a Hebrew elder, Nun (BEN KINGSLEY), but summarily dismissed.
When Moses prevents Rhamses from chopping off his sister's arm in search of the truth, the Pharaoh banishes Moses from the kingdom, much to the displeasure of Rhamses' mother, Tuya (SIGOURNEY WEAVER), who'd prefer him dead. The general then sets out, eventually reaching a small settlement where he meets his future wife, Sephora (MARIA VALVERDE).
Nine years later, they have a son, and Moses seems content leading this life. But when he ascends a forbidden mountain, he encounters a rock slide that renders him unconscious. When he comes to, he spots a burning bush and then a boy, Malak (ISAAC ANDREWS), who informs Moses that he must check on his people, the Hebrews, who are still suffering at the hands of Ramses.
Despite originally dismissing anything religious, Moses realizes the boy is actually God and accepts that calling and returns to the kingdom where he demands that Rhamses let the Hebrews go. The Pharaoh refuses and must then endure a number of plagues God sends his way. When Moses does indeed lead the Israelites out of Egypt and heads toward a crossing of the Red Sea, Rhamses follows him with his army, intent on destroying all of them.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of anyone in the cast, the film's director (Ridley Scott) or big-budget, Biblical epics, they might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence including battle sequences and intense images.
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