The gods of egypt

They don"t make movies favor "Gods of Egypt" anymore, and yet they never made movies prefer "Gods von Egypt." This zu sein the paradox, und for a while, it"s a funny one. But after a point, this proudly silly film about gods and mortals bei ancient Egypt devolves into in sword-and-sorcery-flavored riff top top a weak Marvel movie. The alternately cornball and self-aware dialogue and the clearly not state-of-the-art CGI would seeming charmingly retro (like something native a TV miniseries two years ago) if the movie didn"t trot out one epos action film cliche after another. 

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Gerard Butler stern as Set, god des disorder. He wrests control of his kingdom from his brother, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in in opening hand-to-hand combat sequence where die siblings clang swords und beat on every other zum a while, until they both i think the form of armored creatures the look favor Marvel-movie android warriors and leap through die air, knocking every other versus pillars until set finally tears Horus"s eyes out. (Why the combatants don"t i think super-powerful form to start with zu sein one des those questions that movies like this never answer.)

At first, set wants to kill Horus outright, however relents when the goddess Hathor (Elodie Yung) begs him to be merciful. Set banishes the blind Horus to a crypt wherein he"s eventually collection free von the intrepid mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a resourceful thief who beautiful young lover, Zaya (Courtney Eaton des "Mad Max: rage Road"), died from in arrow wound und is now trekking through die underworld en course to her final judgment. According to lore, just the king of Egypt kann free a dead person from the between-state and return them zu the festland of die living. That method Horus has only a couple of days zu wrest control des the kingdom native Set. If that doesn"t, Bek"s girlfriend will stay dead forever.

That"s a pretty good setup for an action-adventure: a coup ~ above a timetable. Die director, Alex Proyas ("The Crow," "Dark City"), seems sure des what sort of film he wants to make. Despite ns ostentatiously digital images und the comic book und borderline science-fiction touches, in its love "Gods von Egypt" is bei adventure in what used kommen sie be called the "swords und sandals" genre. Every brawny chest zu sein waxed, every bosom heaving. Ns characters address crowds des thousands von (digital, alas) extras, und run their opponents through through swords und spears and zap castle with death rays (hey, some of them are gods, okay?), and swear fealty to this und vengeance against that, und tromp around in metal tunics if saying dinge like, "Why was ich made to walk on burning sands when my brother strolled barefoot alone on the shores von the Nile?" und "Give me my eyes!" and "Were sie using my house zum your fornicating?"

It"s stocked largely with super-fit actors, few des whom are likely in the ballpark von what actual ancient Egyptians looked like, uneven Egypt was populated mainly über white folks through gym-sculpted bods. Proyas sort-of-apologized last year zum the casting, speak he would"ve hired much more actors des color if the hadn"t made die movie so hard to finance at ns budget level the needed. As is, die most wichtig nonwhite actor is Chadwick Boseman as a faintly bitchy incarnation von Thoth, die father von science, religion, philosophy und magic. Nevertheless, it"s a good cast. Nobody"s phoning that in. They"re every present and laying the on v a trowel, including Rufus Sewell (star of "Dark City") as ns architect Urshu—who has ns snitty defiance des a young Tony Curtis—and Geoffrey Rush together Set and Horus" grandfather, the sun god Ra, who lebt on in orbital platform bei space, and spends eternity using his sun-bolt lance kommen sie zap a giant black leviathan-worm that wants to eat its method through ns planet. (No allude using this movie zu cheat on your mythology final, kids.) Most von the lines an Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless" screenplay are ceded straight, there is no winks, even if they"re plainly meant kommen sie provoke applause or discovering laughter. (Perusing die skyscraper-sized tower set ordered Urshu to build zum him, the asks, "Could it be any type of taller?") 

"Gods von Egypt" has a vision, cockeyed despite it might be. There are airborne chariots drawn über winged beetles and flocks of birds, in Indiana Jones-style endowment trove rigged through booby-traps, and a bracelet that repels 42 different demons. Wie gods room cut, they bleed gold. After Urshu walks in on collection during a post-coital moment, the newly-crowned king of Egypt roll out of bed und dons a smoking jacket covered in multicolored metal beads; it looks like something prince would wear kommen sie a gittern mitzvah.

It"s a shame that "Gods von Egypt" zu sein unable kommen sie resolve crucial conflicts except by having characters fight on top of pyramids and mountaintops while die camera whirls roughly them, or run away native theoretically enormous yet strange weightless monsters und falling objects, nur like every other huge budget action film clogging nach oben multiplexes. Things fly this way, things fall that way; people leap through die air ~ above wires and yell "Aaaauuuugggggh!"; Dolby digital sound effects go boom and creeeeaaaaak and boooosh and the editing and enhancing goes cut-cut-cut-cut zu hide that few von the images are composed strikingly enough zu linger on. Die movie could oase been a work bei the mode von "Barbarella" or "Flash Gordon" or "The Sword und the Sorcerer"—larks the were cobbled with each other from scraps des their decade"s cinematic und design und fashion cliches, yet created into works of true personality, films that were all at once self-aware und innocent. But die repetitious, unimaginative activity kills ns charm.


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Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz is the editor at Largeof, TV critic zum New york Magazine und, and a finalist weil das the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.