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|Originaltitel:||Gods of Egypt|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Adventure, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 128 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Once upon a time when the world of men and the world of gods existed side by side, the merciless Set (Gerard Butler), God of Darkness, took power over the land. The young thief Bek (Brenton Thwaites) finds himself forced to take on this overpowering God when his great love Zaya (Courtney Eaton) dies. To bring her back to life, Bek must somehow find her way to the afterlife. But for this he needs the help of Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the god of heaven, who has been living in exile since Set took power by force. After Bek has recovered one of his magical eyes, Horus agrees to help Bek bring his great love back to life. At the same time he wants to take revenge on Set and end his reign of terror. But this triggers a merciless battle that will demand great sacrifices from both Bek and Horus…
With "Gods of Egypt" director Alex Proyas ventures into the waters of movies like "Battle of the Titans". Actually, it could be assumed that Proyas is exactly the right man for such an undertaking. Because with movies like "The Crow" and "Dark City" he proved that he can stage sophisticated fantasy cinema with a lot of atmosphere. And even more conventional genre cinema like "I, Robot" has mastered Proyas very well. But with a script by the authors of "Dracula Untold" or "The Last Witch Hunter", extremely wooden actors and sometimes surprisingly bad effects, even a talented director like Proyas can only deliver very few positive things.
The story isn't very original, but it offers potential for a great fantasy adventure. But unfortunately, the dialogues to run away are bad and the characters are drawn so one-dimensional that almost all of the well done elements of the story are buried. This script is the best proof that Hollywood producers actually don't read scripts anymore. There is no other explanation for the fact that such a poor script has been awarded a budget of almost 150 million dollars. What's even more frightening is the fact that you only rarely see the movie's high budget. Often the whole thing looks like a B-movie with simple video game effects. Big blockbuster cinema, on the other hand, looks different.
The actors are also disappointing all along the line. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"), who showed what a good actor he is in the drama "Second Chance", is a divine action hero, but remains as pale as Gerard Butler. Brenton Thwaites delivers a completely colourless performance and his partner Courtney Eaton is reduced to stumbling through the scenery with his eyes wide open and a lush décolleté. And also Elodie Yung, who just convinced as Elektra in the second season of the Netflix series "Daredevil", sells completely under value here. Really disappointing, however, is Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush. It's almost an achievement to get such a weak, involuntarily funny performance out of this great actor. Alex Projas did it! Congratulations!
Whoever liked movies like "Pompeij" and has no problem with flat characters, average effects and bad dialogues, will be able to discover enough action and show values to make a visit to the cinema (especially the 3D version) worthwhile. But for those who need more than a few attractive people and a lot of fantasy action for good cinema entertainment, a visit to the "Gods of Egypt" will be a lot for them, just no pleasure. And that's why there's only one here: Worth seeing with very clear deductions!
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