Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
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We may never know what became of the Alex Proyas who directed "The Crow" and "Dark City," but if you squint during moments of "Gods of Egypt" - the filmmaker's mythic space fantasy that owes more to the original "Clash of the Titans" and old-school wuxia like "Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain" than it does "300" - you may catch a lingering imprint of his mad genius. A shame it doesn't mean the movie is any good.
Jaime Lannister vs Leonidas in Clash of the Titans meets Transformers meets Dark City meets Stargate meets Iron Man meets Prince of Persia meets The Legend of Hercules meets Indiana Jones meets Exodus: Gods and Kings meets 10,000 BC meets Thor meets Immortals meets Krull meets all those retellings of fairy tales with a twist. With Prince Phillip, Cheedo the Fragile, and Captain Barbossa as Ra. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
For tonight we dine in mediocrity. Misconceived on near every level 'Gods of Egypt' is a ridiculous film full of awful performances, mid level CGI work and a script incapable of telling a tale of interest. But on the other hand at points it works in that 'so bad it's good' kind of way especially bloody Geoffrey Rush as Ra the sun god. Proyas is a far far way away from 'The Crow' or 'Dark City' here.
Some visually stunning, intense action sequences (especially the one with the giant serpents) cannot save what is otherwise a dull, whitewashed, and generally unpleasant film that plods along. Add to the irony that this came out the weekend of the Oscars and both pitifully lack in ethnic diversity.
If I had a lobotomy, and if Brenton Thwaites was shirtless throughout the whole film... maybe, and only maybe then this film would deserve anything else apart from being thrown into oblivion and then somehow Will Smith pulled of the MIB Statue of Liberty 'may we forget it all' flashlight trick... this is just tragic and sad in all kinds of proportions.
Surprisingly not that terrible, aside from drama that stops at starts randomly and everyone being pale as fuck for living in the desert the action scenes in this film have been some of the best epic genre imagery I've seen come out of Hollywood recently; shame they couldn't have been put to better use in a better story.
I kinda enjoyed this one, even as I acknowledge the more problematic elements (i.e. whitewashing). In many ways it feels like a modern version of Clash of the Titans, even more than the Clash of the Titans remake. Also, the comparison to the work of Jack Kirby is pretty apt, at least from a visual standpoint. While not the best movie ever made, it is highly enjoyable and I'm bummed we won't get a sequel.