Gods of Egypt (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
126 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Gods of Egypt Review


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.

Gods of Egypt (2016) is an American-Australian action adventure fantasy movie featuring ancient Egyptian deities, Egypt, Egyptian gods, Egyptian mythologies, ancient Egypt, and battles. Director Alex Proyas (Dark City (1998), I, Robot (2004), Knowing (2009), The Crow (1994)) did not succeed in executing this film into being an average watch. The movie had many flaws which are listed below, but one of the major flaws was the screenplay. The film contains extreme violence, suspense, adventure, action and minor thrills.

Gods of Egypt takes place in an alternative Egypt where gods live among the humans and can only be distinguished from the humans by their golden blood, height because they are taller, and they are the only ones that can transform into deities with an animal head. Bek ( Brenton Thwaites - Maleficent (2014), Oculus (2013), The Giver (2014)) is a mortal thief who is in love with Zaya. Zaya (Courtney Eaton - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome (2015), Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)) and Bek attended the coronation of Horus, which turned fatal. Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Game of Thrones (2011), Oblivion (2013), Mama (2013), Headhunters (2011)) father King Osiris was murdered during the ceremony by his brother Set so that he can become king. Set ( Gerard Butler - 300 (2006), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), RocknRolla (2008)) instantly declares a new regime where all the dead people will have to pay to pass into the afterlife.

Horus was defeated by his uncle Set while fighting him in deity form and Horus’ lover Hathor ( Elodie Yung - G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), District 13: Ultimatum (2009)) begged Set not to kill Horus. Set did not kill him but tore out his eyes because his eyes are the source of his powers and then banished Horus to the desert. In the meanwhile, Bex and Zaya somehow got separated from each other during the chaos and cannot find each other. Skip forward a year and we see Hathor and Set married to each other, and Bek found Zaya working as a slave building the monument that Set has several slaves building in remembrance of his father. It did not take long for Zaya to steal the floorplans for Bek to steal Horus eyeball from Set. Bek thinks that Horus is the only one that can defeat Set, but he needs his eyes to win the battle.

The movie progressed to show the struggles and hardship that Horus and Bek had to endure to regain Horus’s powers. I gave this movie a four because it was long, daunting and tedious with several plot holes, mishaps, and the screenplay was just all over the place. I had my hopes up after hearing about this movie, but my hopes were shortly lived after viewing this film. I did like the set designs, sceneries, sound, costumes and some of the characters acting but there were a few actors who failed upon executing their role. The film is a hit or miss, and it was a miss for me.

About Gods of Egypt 2016

Title: Gods of Egypt
Year: 2016
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Bruce Spence, Brenton Thwaites, Goran D. Kleut, Ian Roberts, Abbey Lee, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell, Geoffrey Rush, Suzie Steen, Ray Hounsell, Elodie Yung, Tiriel Mora, Julian Stone, Robyn Nevin, Kenneth Ransom, Markus Hamilton, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Farah, Courtney Eaton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gareth Hamilton-Foster, Alexander England, Andy Randhawa, Bryan Brown, Rhavin Banda, Adam Roper, Kurt Winter, Ishak Issa, Karim Zreika, Talin Agon
Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Director: Alex Proyas