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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is not exactly like the story in your Bible

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Yes, this movie about the biblical story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and bringing forth the 10 Commandments is a far cry from what I learned in catechism. The film doesn't claim to be an exact depiction of history. If anything, it tells the general story with considerable artistic license to fill in the blanks or enhance many parts.

In this story, Moses (Christian Bale) begins as a general alongside his brother Ramses (Joel Edgerton). Not 10 minutes into the movie the action begins with warring chariots, spear throwing and sword play. Soon thereafter, Moses learns his real roots are with the Israelites. The Pharaoh dies and Ramses ascends to the thrown.

Now the men who were once brothers are pitted against each other. On come the various plagues and the inevitable Ramses acquiescence to allowing the Israelites to leave Egypt.

The different plagues could have been illustrated much better considering the technology available. Here the Nile turns red because a bunch of alligators go on a feeding frenzy - another bit of artistic license.

This definitely isn't "The Ten Commandments" with Charleton Heston. There wasn't a parting of the Red Sea. It was more like the waters receded before a tsunami. There was no voluminous voice coming from a burning bush. Oh, there was a burning bush, but it was a young boy (Isaac Andrews) who did the talking. Andrews' facial expressions, grim demeanor and all-business attitude gave the character a greater presence.

Sigourney Weaver appears early on but if you blink you may not catch her. The 10 Commandments weren't etched into stone by God. Bale laboriously scribes them.

Grab a big bucket of popcorn and settle in for the long haul. The movie is 2½ hours long. Come with an open mind and a willingness to be entertained.

If you're looking for strict biblical recreations, you will be disappointed. You won't be disappointed with the massive battles, the chase and Andrews playing the role of God. It's rated PG-13, probably for the fight scenes and graphic alligator feeding. The movie didn't have to be this long but I'll give it a solid 3 out of 4 Miners.

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