Strap on your sandals and unsheath your swords! Ridley Scott has cinematically traversed ancient Rome with Gladiator (2000) and the crusades with the abysmal Kingdom Of Heaven (2005), now he invites audiences to ancient Egypt, to recount the Old Testament in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). As ever, he achieves technical proficiency, but fails to move forward from the biblical epics of old. Earlier this year, Darren Aronofsky’s hallucinatory rendition of Noah’s flood was a mind-bending experience, which can arguably claim to be one of the most expensive arthouse films of recent years. Scott takes a traditional route, in the mould of Cecil B. DeMille, with the apparent goal of impressing us with architectural grandeur.
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