The biblical tale of Moses, is gripping in parts and clumsy in others. Not overly opulent and shot with an authentic eye for the era, it falters with the body language, which isn’t serious and the English is casual, which doesn’t tie up the film neatly.
While the special effects and locations are spot on, the casting is varied but not entirely strong. John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) looks out of place as the Pharaoh Seti. Joel Edgerton as Rhamses gives an uneven performance, while Sigourney Weaver as Tuya has a blink and miss appearance.
Christian Bale as Moses gives a sincere insight into his dilemma, and Ben Kinglsey as the elder named ‘Nun’ has a short but powerful role. God is depicted as a young boy, a master stroke by Director Ridley Scott, who has approached the episode differently, trying to weave in more science and less miracle.
The overall effect is a well made film, which has a relatively smooth pace, brilliant action sequences, not supported by the cast and its length at 2 hours and 30 minutes.
John Turturro is the main lead in this insightful film, which he has also written and directed. The story is about the oldest profession, but the twist is sensitive. His chemistry with Woody Allen is perhaps the best, who acts as his ‘agent’. Beneficiaries include Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. Liev Schreiber provides the complication in the end.
The writing of the film makes it unique, where we are not concerned about ‘the act’ itself, but the lead up to it. We wonder of course, why the likes of Sharon Stone, for example, would ever require such services. It goes to show that everyone is struggling with their own reality and being attractive isn’t a confirmed ticket to ‘mating’.
Watch this otherwise mild concoction for a very strong subject, which entertains and enlightens.