Gods of Egypt (2016) Review

Rating: 5 / 10

A good effort from the director Alex Proyas but the film isn’t made that well.

Plot: 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.

Starring:

  • Brenton Thwaites as Bek
  • Gerard Butler as Set
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus
  • Chadwick Boseman as Thoth
  • Elodie Yung as Hathor
  • Courtney Eaton as Zaya
  • Rufus Sewell as Urshu
  • Geoffrey Rush as Ra
  • and many more

Directed by: Alex Proyas

Written by: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

When the first trailer came out for Gods of Egypt, I thought that this film was looking good, with good CGI effects and a lot more but I also thought that this effort from Summit Entertainment will really bomb at the box office – I just felt it and it really bombed, like an atomic bomb.

I was hoping that this will be a good film but the vision of Alex Proyas was not the best. Looked like he was trying to make a big, epic film that has big sets and a lot of CGI. He did that and with all of that he made everything look cheap. This film could’ve been so much better – it had it all, entertainment, cast but the writing for this film was not done well. Felt like some lines were cheesy and boring and some scenes were rushed too much. Maybe with a different director or a writer the film would’ve been a success.

The performances from Gerarld Butler as Set and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus were just the best parts of Gods of Egypt. They really put some emotional acting to their scenes, especially in the end. My opinion on the lead Brenton Thwaites isn’t that good. Felt that all his lines were so weird and that he was acting not that naturally. Maybe next time when they cast a lead, they shouldn’t choose just a pretty face. The script was not the best and it can be difficult to act if you have cheesy lines to say. But also the casting was not that well – I didn’t know that in Egypt they had so many white people. They should put some thought in casting actors from different cultures to make a film that really shows how Egypt looks like.

Almost in every scene there is a CGI effect and sometimes it looks awful. Just in the end the CGI looks beautiful. The best scene that I liked in this movie was with the Snakes – they looked so freaking awesome.

I am not saying that this movie was awful, it was an ok movie. If you just watch this movie without much of a critical thinking – you will be entertained. But if you put your mind to it, you will just see many problems.

As of March 6, 2016, Gods of Egypt has grossed $22.8 million in North America and $49.6 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $72.4 million, against a budget of $140 million, making it a box office bomb.

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404233/

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