Gods of Egypt
Ra Ra Ra!
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 28 February 2015, 1:15pm
Running time: 127m
Country: United States / Australia
Classification: M (Fantasy themes and violence)
Release date: 25/02/16
Rating: 2.5/10 (ME 1/5, DP 1.5/5)
There's a big family reunion for the gods of Egypt when Osiris (Bryan Brown) throws a coronation party for his son Horus (Nikolaj Costed-Waldau). Osiris' brother Set (Gerard Butler) arrives at the party, kills Osiris and pulls out Horus' sparkly blue eyes before declaring himself king. I know, right; awkward. Street thief Bek (Brenton Thwaites) manages to steal back one of Horus' eyes, but when his girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton) gets shot in the boob and dies, Bek and Horus form and unlikely alliance, get some tips from Grandpa Ra (Geoffrey Rush) and face all sorts of impossible trials in order to defeat the evil king. No, really.
Gods of Egypt is a CGI fantasy adventure from the director of The Crow. Filmed in Australia there are plenty of familiar faces throughout (Robyn Nevin's demise is particularly impressive) and the visual effects are slick and grand though generic. Sadly, Gods of Egypt falls down with its bizarre story, patchy script and weak performances. Any moments of genuine excitement are few and far between and by the time the story reaches its predictable conclusion we'd more than lost interest. It's light and somewhat enjoyable but doesn't break any new ground and lacks any real cohesion. (ME)
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