Director: Alex Proyas
Screenplay: Max Sazama & Burke Sharpless
Released: February 26, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
The Hook: Egypt mythology. That is all.
I’m a sucker for most things action-adventure and all things mythology and magic (and paranormal-but not the freaky horror kind of paranormal), but I must admit, when it comes to Egypt mythology I am limited in my knowledge of their gods. I know the main players like Ra and Horus and Isis, but even then I question myself when it comes to what they are a god of, which is why I was so excited about this movie when I saw the trailer.
Set has killed his brother, maimed and banished his nephew, and taken over Egypt. Chaos ensues, naturally. Caught in the middle of all this is Bek and the love of his life, Zaya. Zaya worships Horus and she convinces Bek to steal the Eye of Horus and give it back to him so he can challenge his uncle and restore peace in the land. After some reluctance, Bek agrees and the adventure begins.
I love this story. I love that it answers the question “So, what happened between the time of Osiris’ murder and Horus’ reign?” They zero in on the murder of Osiris and follow Horus’ journey to avenge his father’s death. And, of course, he can’t do it alone. It takes a mortal to get him out of self-pity and into the game. Egypt is in chaos and someone needs to put Set in check. With the focus based on the power struggle It’s a such a strong concept. I have to venture on to say that this is the first movie I’ve seen on the big screen dealing solely on Egyptian gods. I mean, there are other movies that have an Egyptian god in the story, but this is the first I’ve seen done on the gods themselves. It was fun to watch.
Since the characters are based on gods, you have your characters pretty much laid out. Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are strong characters in lore so it was down to their portrayals. Butler and Coster-Waldau did a great job with that. They played to the tension between uncle and nephew and the each played their role as, well, gods.
Mostly, though, I enjoyed the unseen factor–Bek (Brenton Thwaites). Bek added the human element to this story line. There is always that struggle between mortal and god, in that gods are superior and they let you know it. That may very well be the case, however, they do need people to worship them, you know? Bek challenges Horus in the way that needs to be done. I love that he’s a skeptic and/or he believes that the gods are good-for-nothing, that he takes care of himself. And I love his other half, Zaya (Courtney Ethan).
While Bek challenges Horus, Zaya challenges Bek. She’s the one who believes that some gods are good and some gods are worth believing in, and that includes Horus. So she pushes Bek to help, if only to please her but mainly because someone has to challenge Set. In my brief studies of Egypt in World History, Egypt always had strong women and even though they aren’t in the lime light, their influence is undeniable. Ethan does a good job with Zaya. Her innocence. Her compassion. Her determination.
The timeline also flows well. The opening scene shows a celebration of sorts and then zeros in on Bek. We follow him through the market and into Zaya’s home (I assume it’s “their” home, but I’m playing it safe). From that introduction we understand what the big deal is and where Bek and she fits into the story. If unfolds from there and flows nicely until you fade to black and roll credits.
The scenes were awesome! Cinematography was done well with the blending of CG. Continuity is felt throughout the movie and you can connect the dots. Scenes are what tells the story and I enjoyed the way it was presented. And I have to say, opening up with Bek then introducing the gods seemed to really stick out at me. I love how that played out. With story told mainly from Bek’s perspective, it makes the story easier to relate to. We all cheer for the human, in case you didn’t know that.
If you didn’t already know, I enjoyed it. For those who love action and adventure, this one’s for you. For those who love mythology, this one’s for you. There is humor, there is romance, there is kinship, and there are lessons learned. It’s PG-13 so swearing and violence is kept at a minimal. In fact, I can’t remember any significant swear words, but that could just be my internal auto-correct. I was excited about it and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d add it to my library for sure.
Movie Info: IMDb