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Gods of Egypt

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, and some sexuality.

Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
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Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults Teens
Genre:
Action Adventure Fantasy 3D
Length:
2 hr. 7 min.
Year of Release:
2016
USA Release:
February 26, 2016 (wide—3,000+ theaters)
DVD: May 31, 2016
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Relevant Issues
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ancient Egypt in the Bible

This film’s story is based on the Egyptian myth “The Contendings of Horus and Set,” in which the mythological Egyptian gods Set and Horus battle for the rule of Egypt.

idolatry and idols

god of darkness

afterlife—eternal life or eternal death

FALSE GODS of Egpt—Horus (falcon) / Osiris (god of the afterlife, transition, resurrection, and regeneration) / Set (jackal / god of the desert, storms, war, violence) / Hathor (cows / goddess of love, sky, beauty) / Thoth (ibis / god of knowledge) / Apep, also called Apophis (giant serpent / chaos, opponent of light and truth)

anachronism of depicting gods of Egypt who have interest in Christian-like concepts of forgiveness and humility


Director Alex Proyas said, “…the world of ‘Gods of Egypt’ never really existed. It is inspired by Egyptian mythology, but it makes no attempt at historical accuracy because that would be pointless—none of the events in the movie ever really happened. It is about as reality-based as Star Wars—which is not real at all …Maybe one day if I get to make further chapters I will reveal the context of the when and where of the story. But one thing is for sure—it is not set in Ancient Egypt at all.” [Don Groves, “‘The Gods of Egypt’: Alex Proyas Grapples with a Size Issue in Fantasy Adventure.” Forbes (December 15, 2015).]


hero / self-sacrifice / courage / bravery

humility


thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves

stealing

Featuring: Gerard ButlerSet
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau … Horus
Abbey Lee … Anat
Courtney Eaton … Zaya
Brenton Thwaites … Bek
Rufus SewellUrshu
Geoffrey RushRa
Elodie Yung … Hathor
Chadwick Boseman … Thoth
Bryan Brown … Osiris
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Director: Alex Proyas—“I, Robot,” “Knowing,” “Dark City” (1998)
Producer: Pyramania
Summit Entertainment
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Distributor: Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films

“Gods of Egypt” opens with the narration retelling the Egyptian creation story. We are introduced to the character Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), god of the air. He is preparing for a ceremony that will make him the god of all Egypt. The ceremony comes to an abrupt ending when Horus’ uncle Set (Gerard Butler) challenges him for the throne. Set defeats him and removes his eyes. Bek, a common thief, longs to be with the woman he loves, who was killed by villain. He will embark on a journey to find Horus and get him to defeat Set, so he can be with the girl in the afterlife.

This movie is awful. From the gratuitous use of CGI, and the nonexistent plot and “D” grade acting; the film is a disaster. I am a fan of Gerard Butler, and I was looking forward to seeing this film. However, the acting is lazy, and the writing is almost childlike. It cannot be taken seriously.

There is a lot of violence and sexual innuendo, men shown bare-chested and women scantily clad. There are a few instances of foul language.

The movie focuses on pagan Egyptian religious structure—with multiple gods who are selfish, unloving and uncaring. They age, they die, and they lie. This is fundamentally unbiblical. The is one God, the triune God head—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created Earth in 6 days and sent the Son for you as propitiation of sins.

I cannot recommend this film. It was poorly made, cartoonishly presented and anti-biblical.

Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Mild—s-word (1), a** (1) / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Negative
Negative—They show a false representation of God, and, at the end, they assume that Moses wrote the Ten Commandments, which are written by God himself twice.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Rich, age 33 (Canada)
Positive—I’m not sure what movie Rich has seen, but it was definitely not this one. There was no Moses in this movie at all, nor any representation of God... but Egyptian gods. These gods were not represented correctly, that's for sure, but it is not a reason to downgrade a movie on a christian website. I liked the movie, and wouldn't mind showing it to my kids regardless of their age. The movie has no gore, profanity or sexuality. It is a whimsical tale with cool (not great) 3D graphics. The story is interesting, and the moral is christian in its core. The final message in the movie “the afterlife must be earned not with gold, but by good deeds, compassion, and generosity; what we do in this life matters.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Vlad, age 39 (USA)
Movie Critics

…An absurd CGI circus… far too long… far too silly…
—David Sims, The Atlantic

…extravagantly silly… This is by any measure a dreadful movie, a chintzy, CG-encrusted eyesore that oozes stupidity and self-indulgence from every pore. …this interminable ersatz epic consigns most of the human race to a sea of digital extras while subjecting its immortal characters to more than two hours’ worth of big-screen deification…
—Justin Chang, Variety

…ridiculous, offensive and tremendously fun…
—Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian (UK)

…the repetitious, unimaginative action kills the charm… after a point, this proudly silly film… devolves into an sword-and-sorcery-flavored riff on a weak Marvel movie. …alternately cornball and self-aware dialogue… clearly not state-of-the-art CGI…
—Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

…This could be the most terrible movie ever made. …epic fail… a clueless, incoherent tale that makes “Transformers: Beast Wars” look nuanced…
—Annalee Newitz, ArsTechnica

…an unholy, unnecessarily whitewashed mess… Director Alex Proyas’ movie feels like a bad video game. …
—Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

…Nothing to worship here. …overstuffed, witless and bloated stillborn $140 million epic…
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

…some nifty CGI work, but is otherwise terrible in pretty much every sense of the word. …even when the story tries to make a moral point, it winds up undercutting itself. …
—Paul Asay, Plugged In

…It is bad in practically every way it could be bad, from concept to execution, from imagery to acting. It is a movie with essentially no redeeming qualities …“Gods of Egypt” is the epitome of everything wrong with big-budget moviemaking today… [½/5]
—Peter Suderman, Vox

…This film belongs in a tomb… epically hammy… vexing aesthetic CGI problems …All of Egypt, from the endless sand to the crumbling architecture to the vast digital crowds, looks weird and weightless… [1/4]
—David Berry, National Post

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