Film Review: The special effects dazzle in ‘Gods of Egypt’

Morgan Garcia-Stout, Staff Writer

In just about every ancient society, there seems to have been some sort of religion and religious figure. One of the most interesting ancient religions is the religion of the ancient Egyptians, who had many gods. Many of these gods are displayed in the new movie “Gods of Egypt,” which is directed by Alex Proyas.

For most movies, this is the part of the review where I would talk about the plot in the movies, but with “Gods of Egypt” there really is no plot. The whole point of the movie is basically that some of the gods are upset and battling each other. The god Set (Gerard Butler) is the “bad guy” in the film. He steals the throne from the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Horus then wants to stop and ultimately kill Set.

One thing “Gods of Egypt” does have is spectacular special effects. I thought it is interesting how the gods bleed gold.

The gods are about two to four times the size of humans. There is a scene that really stuck out to me where a god sits down next to a person to have a conversation. It is a cool comparison of the gargantuan size of the gods to the people. They shot this looking at their backs. But when they turns to a front-facing angle, the god is the same size as the human.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the main character, Horus, who is the god of the sky. For what is considered a movie with no plot, Coster-Waldau does a pretty good job. He shows both compassion and cruelty fabulously. He also plays the role pretty perfectly as an arrogant god who does not really care that much for their people.

The other main actor in this move is Gerard Butler. Butler plays the god Set, the one Horus tries to kill. He is also a great actor. He plays the part of a psychopathic power hungry leader really well. To me, he is the best actor in the movie.

If you love seeing a movie with special effects and explosions, this movie is phenomenal. But if you are into movies with a plot, whether it be big or small, this might not be the movie for you.

Our Grade: C
“Gods of Egypt”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 127 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Starring: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush