Gods of Egypt is not entirely horrid. But it would have been much better as a video game. Much, much better.
Gods of Egypt Synopsis
After seizing the throne of Egypt, the evil god Seth announces that the dead will have to pay riches in order to pass into the afterlife. To topple Seth, young thief Bek seeks the aid of Horus, the exiled God of the Air. But for Horus to battle Seth, Bek must first aid Horus in retrieving his source of power i.e. his stolen eyes.
First and foremost, please do not watch Gods of Egypt if you’re hoping to learn about Egyptian mythology. Other than names, barely anything from this movie is Egyptian. This includes the choice of actors, as well as how ancient Egypt is portrayed as a whole.
Outside of that, Gods of Egypt is not entirely a disaster. It’s incoherent at parts, and the more you think about the plot, the more ridiculous everything feels.
If you could shut off, though, and just indulge in the game-like, stage-by-stage approach of the story, this movie is not too dull a way to spend two hours. As a gamer, I must confess I enjoyed the CGI backdrops too, however un-Egyptian they felt.
Gerard Butler’s statuesque screen presence and Brenton Thwaites’ boyish amiability naturally injected some enjoyable moments into the convoluted story as well. The only problem was that these moments were on the whole, too rare and too far apart. The chaotic action that fills in makes up for this a little, but sadly, bangs and destruction could only do so much.
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