You call them Gods? – Gods of Egypt – Movie Review

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When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought pass, wait til it’s on TV. Well it had been a while since I went to see a movie (The Forest to be exact) and I was in the mood for one. I had to wait to see the following day with my Dad. Either way, when it came down to it, I picked Gods of Egypt. After all, I’m a fan of Gerard Butler and Nikolaj so it seemed like a good fit.

Unfortunately the movie was not all that great. I more got the message it was about all the affects then the story. And I’m all for that but I’d at least like to have a good movie plot. It was boring a lot of times and then we had to rush into the story and finish it. That alone was disappointing.

Here’s what happens:

Egyptian gods walk among the mortal humans. They are bigger, have golden blood and the ability to transform into whatever animal represents their deity. Bek (played by Brenton Thwaites, The Giver and Oculus), a mortal and a thief goes with his love Zaya (played by Courtney Eaton, Mad Max: Fury Road and Made in Hollywood) to see Horus’ (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones and Mama) coronation by his father, Osiris (played by Bryan Brown). However, just as the ceremony begins, Osiris brother Set (played by Gerard Butler, Olympus has Fallen and 300) shows up, kills Osiris and seizes the throne. Under his reign he declares a new regime where the dead will have to pay the riches to pass into the afterlife. Horus attempts to avenge his father but is almost killed and loses his eyes. His lover Hathor (played by Elodie Yung, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Daredevil – TV Show not movie) begs for his life and Horus is banished to the dessert, like Set was.

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A year passes and Set has married Hathor and is having a huge tower built to honor his Father Ra. Bek has relocated his Zaya after they were seperatred, both of whom are slaves now. Zaya believes that Horus is the only one who can save them and steals the plans from her master to give to Bek. He’s the only one who can enter the Urshus’ library to get one of Horus’ eyes from Set’s vault. Bek does get the eye but he and Zaya are found out and as they flee, Zaya is shot with an arrow. When Bek finds Horus, Zaya is dead. Horus gets his eye back after promising to bring Zaya back and to have Bek help him find his other eye. Horus however, does not have the power to raise the dead.

Horus may have his one eye but he can’t assume is deity form. He pleads with Ra for help and both he and Bek travel to Ra’s vessel above the Earth’s sky where he finds off the darkness every night to protect the Earth. Horus is unable to convince Ra to help him get his power’s back to full or to help him defeat Set. Ra can’t do that because is a neutral God. Horus however is also able to get the divine waters from his vessel which will weaken Set if poured in his shrine of eternal fire. Bek and Horus make their way back to Earth where Set has already sent his warriors to kill them.

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Set knows that Horus is on his way so he begins to steal the other god’s powers for himself. He has already got one of Horus’s eyes and his brother’s heart. He goes and finds his wife and cuts off her wings for himself without a second thought. Meanwhile Hathor is making attempt to locate Horus but Set discovers her and in an attempt to kill her, she removes her protective bracelet and jumps into the demon underworld. After she puts the bracelet back on, she is far from Set and begins to hunt Horus down. She finds them, saves them from Set’s assassins and snakes and reveals that the shrine is protected by a riddling Sphinx and they’ll need to know the answer or die. The agree that they won’t be able to answer it and goes to the library of Thoth (played by Chadwick Boseman, 42 and Draft Day, the God of Wisdom, and who will know the answer to the sphinx’s riddle.

They’re able to answer the riddle but before they can pour the water into the fire, Set arrives and captures them. He reveals that Horus can’t bring back Zaya and destroys the flask of divine water. He steals Thoth’s brain for power and begins to collapse the shrine on them. Horus finds his strength and saves them, however Bek is furious that Horus has been lying him about Zaya and who is close to judgement in the afterlife. Hathor realizes that Bek has true love with Zaya and sacrifices herself to the demons to make sure Zaya has payment in the afterlife.

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And so the battle begins. Set has added all of the God’s power to himself, attacked his father and is ready to be the greatest God the Earth has ever known. Horus has apologized to Bek and they set off to fight Set to the death. Set draws the darkness to Earth and will let it kill everything, for he is the only one who has the power to stop it with Ra’s staff in his possession. Bek helps Horus by steal Horus’ eye off Set’s armor and Horus then has to choose to save Bek or to get his eye, he chooses Bek. This act restores Horus’s power, and he battles Set and sends the darkness back out into space.

Horus is restored as King, brings back his Father’s way of ruling and has both of his eyes back. However, Bek did die in the battle and when he goes to lay Bek with Zaya, Ra shows up and with his help is able to bring both Zaya and Bek back to life. Horus is crowned and Bek is now the Chief advisor to the King and assures Horus that when he heads out to rescue Hathor, no one will know he is gone.

 

Overall the movie is quick to pass over points and to drag other points out. We never really understand why Hathor did was she did other than to save Horus but to stay with Set for so long, who knows and disappointing. I’m a bit thrown off to when Horus just takes her back too quickly. Bek is probably the best part but we don’t get to see him use his gifts a lot, just the part where he steals the one eye of Horus. Other than that, we’re basically traveling a lot and then boom, the battle to finish it all. I give this movie 5 out of 10 stars. I was disappointed, but I did get some really good popcorn.

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