MartyK0015mp’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ridley Scott’s modern take on “the Ten Commandments” is well...... Bad! And Boring! And as someone who really enjoyed that film, this is a completely 180 turn. A mess.
The man who bought us “Alien” and “Blade Runner” and the historical epic that is “Gladiator” has made another historical epic with this BORE OF A FILM! And not just that, it’s CGI heavy, and not in a good way. Obviously Scott isn’t the same director now than what he was back then. I haven’t seen his last decade worth of work to justify, but I know when a new Ridley Scott film has been announced, the hype isn’t just there.
Like I said, the man who bought us “Alien” and “Blade Runner” which were ahead of it’s time with the special effects, the effects on show here is not good. They are just horrible to look at. Especially the “plague” scene. Which is probably the best scene in the film.
When there was some action of some sort, it was bland. Same as “Gladiator”, Scott opens the film with a battle sequence. While “Gladiator” worked in that way, “Exodus” doesn’t. I just found the action boring asking with the film itself.
Christian Bale (one of our greatest actors) is meh in this. His performance as Moses won’t go down in the history books like Heston. And when you have the likes of Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Mendelsohn in supporting roles and they just become wasted. They just didn’t leave a mark on the film. And let’s be honest, the whole casting aspect is just plain wrong. All white.
Scott knows how to move the camera in order to tell stories, and show action, but he couldn’t use those to it’s full potential in order to tell a story that isn’t boring and to capture the script with heart, sadly that script is terribly written, having to heavily over-reliance on CGI that lacks emotion and heart. The filmmaking just doesn’t have joy or entertainment.
I can’t believe I stayed up all night to watch this, my thoughts were based on my tiredness.....
Ridley Scott: boxd.it/b3D2G