Gods of Egypt fails to impress

Saturday March 05, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
The key cast of the movie Gods of Egypt with Gerard Butler, who plays a dark role, in the middle. Empire Cinema is also showing Ride Along 2 featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. 16030413 The key cast of the movie Gods of Egypt with Gerard Butler, who plays a dark role, in the middle. Empire Cinema is also showing Ride Along 2 featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. 16030413

Gods of Egypt reminded me of a typical Bollywood flick.


Plots tend to be melodramatic involving plots where, for example, a dying girl’s wish to her boyfriend is to save the world from the goons that have brought misery upon them.

But instead, the boyfriend goes all out to bring her back from the dead.

The only real difference is that, in the Bollywood movies, the madly in love central character will go to a god’s temple and beg for his mercy.

But in Gods of Egypt, protagonist Bek (Brenton Thwaites) goes straight to a god to bring his love back to life.

Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the god of wind, is in exile after his uncle Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, seizes Egypt’s throne and forces the prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.

On the day Horus is supposed to receive Egypt’s throne from his father, King Osiris, Set turns up and kills his brother, forcing his nephew into a battle.

Bek and the love of his life Zaya (Courtney Eaton), who were also present at the coronation, get separated during the commotion.

Through deception, Set is able to defeat Horus but spares his life after Hathor, goddess of love, begs for her life.

Set gouges out Horus’s eyes, which are the source of his power, before banishing him. Egypt, a peaceful nation, turns into chaos and Set’s dictatorship bring its people to their knees in misery.

With Horus as the only hope to rescue them from Set’s slavery, Bek after reuniting with Zaya, plans to steal his eyes to help restore peace and prosperity to Egypt.

In the process, Zaya is wounded by Set’s head architect, and dies. Bek then tries to bargain with Horus for her life in return for his eye.

What follows next is an epic journey of survival against the enemy, who are bolstered with power beyond the gods’ imaginations.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas, known for his work with Will Smith’s “I, Robot,” Gods of Egypt is another average depiction of an ancient Egypt tale.

There are a number of movies based on Egyptian myth, some of them are dull, like the Pyramid I watched the other night at home, and some are convincing enough to make those legends seem real.

Although Proyas doesn’t seem to bring anything new to this latest venture featuring ancient Egyptian deities, he makes a good effort to show what life could have been like back then.

It’s the casting that is the real surprise.

Butler, who delivered a masterpiece performance as a valiant warrior in “300,” does well in a dark role but the same can’t be said about Danish actor Coster-Waldau and Thwaites.

They look a bit too modest as the main characters in this movie, one as a god after vengeance and another as a brave mortal fighting for his love.

Gods of Egypt is a tale of love, revenge and sacrifice, where love conquers all.

It might be a good watch for those not so familiar with ancient Egypt and its myths.  But for me, it was like watching the English version of a Bollywood flick. And I’m not a big fan of Bollywood flicks.


  • Comment Link dave Friday, 11 March 2016 13:45 posted by dave

    I thought it was a so-so operation. My sister went to see it as she was all over the hype on it. She came back from it saying it was the stupidest movie she has seen in some time. Wait for this to come out as a dollar movie.

  • Comment Link Ben Monday, 07 March 2016 01:14 posted by Ben

    The girl who plays Zaya (Courtney Eaton) has a kuki mother.

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