20th Century Fox just released the first trailer for the upcoming epic Exodus: Gods and Kings on their site. The movie is based on the Biblical account of Moses and his conflict with Pharaoh. Exodus is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Prometheus) and stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy) in the role of Moses. It is centered around Moses’ relationship with Pharaoh and the plagues that God sends on Egypt as a consequence of Pharaoh not releasing the Hebrew slaves as He commands through Moses. The movie is set to release December 12th of this year.
As we know from some recent movies about the Bible, some of Hollywood’s depictions of Biblical accounts of history take some creative liberties with their tellings. This trailer doesn’t tell enough to let us know yet whether Exodus: Gods and Kings will stay closer to how these events are told in the Bible, or whether it will tell them differently. The only allusion that I can see is that it is mentioned twice that what is happening is out of Moses’ control. While that may have been true, I think what he would have said to Pharaoh would have likely been more supportive of the One who was delivering his family from oppressive slavery. It may be nothing, but I hope it doesn’t give a foreshadowing to another un-Biblical telling of Biblical history.
Now I know that studios need to use some creativity to make the movie unique. I am not a complete purist, especially when it comes to my superhero movies. I like the story to be told a little differently than the way they were told in comic books. I am a little more purist when it comes to God’s Word though. I understand there will be some things that aren’t told 100% the way the Bible tells them, but I don’t want the creativity to paint a different picture of God than what His Word does. I think there is enough left out of the account in the Bible to be able to tell it creatively without making God out to be an unrelenting, destructive tyrant that is without mercy for His creation.
Observations by Srom (Josh):
The last Biblical movie Hollywood made was of Noah, starring Russel Crowe and Emma Watson. Based on this trailer for Exodus, I’ve already see some things that I don’t like about this movie:
1. Moses and Pharaoh are brothers? In the movie, you hear someone say, “When I look at you, I still see the boys who grew up together, close as brothers.” In the Bible it never mentions how they are related.
2. Moses fights against Pharaoh. You see in this trailer that Moses and Pharaoh are going to be fighting each other. Pharaoh even says, “Let’s just see who is more effective at killing.”
3. Later on in the trailer, Moses tells Pharaoh that there is “something” coming that is out of his control–meaning that God is going to send plagues (which is the only thing they did got right with this movie trailer). They fail to mention God, which isn’t really surprising, considering they don’t say God and they just say an “event”.