Gods of Egypt is the latest sand, swords and sandals epic directed by Alex Proyas who has directed some excellent films in the past, most notably The Crow and Dark City (which is one of my favorites). He has directed some decent films like Garage Days, Knowing and I, Robot. Now, he has films like Gods of Egypt stinking up his otherwise decent resume. The film has very little going for it and the only reason I was even interested in seeing it was because Proyas directed it. His films have an intelligent quality to them and interesting structure that make his films worth watching. Whatever angle they were going for with Gods Of Egypt was lost in the sand, somewhere along with Gerard Butler’s ability to carry a film.
The plot is as old as Egypt, itself; Pharaohs and sons, half sons and Gods all battling who should rule ancient Egypt. Who is rightfully fit to lead Egypt and the usual plot gimmicks that have worked in the past, are now as sterile and dry as the Sinai Desert, itself. Proyas rightfully prides himself on stories and scripts that feature characters that are well defined and are at the forefront of the story which is why most of his previous films I found stimulating and entertaining. The visuals are second after the story and the characters. Here, in Gods of Egypt it is all visuals, all of the time. Characters react to things that look fake and the entire film is one shoddy effect after another. The acting is horrendous, which is a shame since we have a decent cast, with Gerard Butler as Set, the betrayer of Osiris (Bryan Brown) and brother to Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton, Elodie Yung, Rachael Blake, Emma Booth and Chadwick Boseman. But when you have a script from the same writers who brought us such “classics” like Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter, you know you are in for a long haul.
Gods of Egypt is poorly written and acted with cheap visual effects that are stuffed into this film like your mother stuffs a turkey for Thanksgiving. The characters are laughable and not in a good way so it does not take much to make them almost irrelevant which the subpar visual effects do in scene after scene. The visuals literally suffocate everyone on screen and at a run time of over two hours, it is a long time to have to watch characters you don’t give a wit about. Only Marco Beltrami’s score kept me awake. This is an insufferable bore; flat, humorless, uninspiring and just plain BAD. I can hear the Razzies warming up and this disaster should be on their list. I know it will be on mine.
Gods of Egypt – *1/2 out of 5
Gods of Egypt – Rated PG-13 for violence and adult situations
Gods of Egypt – Run Time is 127 minutes
If you insist on still seeing this, Gods of Egypt is now available on DVD and On Demand.