Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
ancient Egypt in the Bible
god of darkness
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
|Featuring:||Gerard Butler … Set
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau … Horus
Abbey Lee … Anat
Courtney Eaton … Zaya
Brenton Thwaites … Bek
Rufus Sewell … Urshu
Geoffrey Rush … Ra
Elodie Yung … Hathor
Chadwick Boseman … Thoth
Bryan Brown … Osiris
|Director:||Alex Proyas—“I, Robot,” “Knowing,” “Dark City” (1998)|
|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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…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