Flash Movie Review: Gods of Egypt

There is not a day or two that goes by where I do not hear or see in print the term “OMG.” Usually it comes from younger people, but I have heard folks older than myself uttering it. I am willing to bet some of the individuals who use this term are only using it as an expression of surprise or disbelief, not making a statement about their faith. There is another term, “God’s gift,” that I do not hear as much these days; it always had negative connotations associated with it as far as I could tell. When you heard someone say, “That person thinks they are God’s gift,” what was implied was that person thought they were better than other people. Have you ever encountered such a person? Unfortunately I have met more than my share of such people; I refer to them as demigods. This may be a broad use of the term for it could refer to that person who thinks they know more than you, always telling you what you “should” do; or it could be used for an individual who looks down at you, believing they are better or the things they have are superior to yours. I find it sad, especially when that demigod assumes they have more power because they think they are better. Sadly in my life’s experiences I have seen more corrupt people in positions of power than kinder ones. It bears repeating because I find it so true: absolute power corrupts absolutely.    DECIDING it was his turn to rule Set, played by Gerard Butler (Chasing Mavericks, Olympus Has Fallen), defeated his nephew Horus, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mama, Game of Thrones-TV), who was the rightful heir. The city’s citizens would be subjected to a new period of oppressive dark times. It has been reported this action fantasy had a budget of $140 million dollars which I found absolutely startling. For that much money I expected to be wowed by the special effects that played heavily in this story. What I saw instead was cheap looking effects covering a poorly written script. With Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent) as Bek and Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Book Thief) as Ra, I found the characters bordering on buffoonery. Geoffrey’s character and the place he resides in was ridiculous enough to make me wonder who would write such a character in that way. Now the fact this adventure film was not released early for reviewers, I did not have high hopes when I walked into the movie theater. However, I would have settled for a light fun fantasy picture with decent CGI effects; this film was boring in parts and in fact, it almost seemed as if it was pieced together in random order. If it is true what I read recently that the movie studio was hoping this film would kickoff a new movie franchise, then I am sad to say this fantasy really is a fantasy of the studio.

 

1 3/4 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 1, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This seems like absolute dredge. The previews didn’t lie. This looked horrid from the start. Great review Joltz.

  2. Wow. I haven’t seen or heard a good review for this film yet. It is such as shame for Gerard Butler. I really like him. I hope it doesn’t affect his career.

    • I agree with you and find it curious that one week later Gerard has another movie opening up at the theater. Did he know something? Thank you for the comments.

  3. maybe I’m crazy (and I could be) but I rather liked the movie for what it was. I’m not saying it was perfect, but I didn’t find it terrible either.

    • Hi it is a pleasure to meet you. My philosophy about films is this: if a movie moves you, whether positive or negative, then the movie has done its job. I am glad you enjoyed this film. Thank you for the comments.

  4. I thought this looked like absolute dross and you have confirmed my suspicions.

  5. oh I think there is something to laugh about

  6. hello moviejoltz its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada watchd this trailer a wile bak and thawt it lukd like kwite posibly the wurst moovee ever wich is saying a lot becuz he is notoryus for liking pritty much evry moovee he sees!!! wel eksept for august rush of korse!!! ha ha ok bye

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