Movie Review: Exodus, Gods and Kings

by Matt Slick

Uh oh, another Hollywood botch job.  The anglo actors playing Egyptians, the African slaves, Pharaoh's lackey with a Scottish accent, God as a 10-year old boy who learns, Moses arguing with God and writing the Ten Commandments, and other unfortunate, unbiblical befuddlements relegate this film into the ever growing Hollywood-screwed-up-again waste pile of cinematic idiocy.  Don't waste your time and don't support this movie.

Christian Bale plays Moses and he does a fine job, as usual. He's a great actor, but even his skills couldn't save this film.  Hollywood?  Knock knock?  Anyone there?  Here is some advice. If you want to make a movie based on a Bible story, then stick to the Bible story. It's simple. Stick . . . to . . . the . . . story . . . and . . . don't . . . insult . . . God.  That way people will actually want to go see it.  We Christians love properly represented accounts taken from the pages of our sacred writ and we'll fork over cash for the privilege.  But, we don't want Hollywood secularists taking stories like the Exodus and turning it into a sham.  Is anyone in Hollywood listening?  Hey, we're biblical conservatives!  Yeah, I know that's kinda like a couplet of four letter words to you guys. But, try sticking to the story, okay?

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is a great example of what Hollywood can do to screw up a basic story that millions of people know and love. With its secularized and disrespectful portrayal of the Almighty God and Moses who has the audacity to argue with the Creator of the Universe and tell Him he doesn't like what he's doing, this film is a slap in the face of Jews and Christians who hold the account of Moses and the Exodus in high regard.

I'm not surprised, though.  The last few decades have clearly demonstrated that Hollywood is no friend of the Bible. If anything, it goes out of its way to change it and reshape it into a secularized mold.  Maybe Ridley Scott, the director, never picked up a Bible.  Maybe he didn't read the few chapters dealing with the subject at hand. If he had, perhaps he might have considered sticking to the script already written by the Almighty God. What was he thinking? Is it "stomp on the Bible year?" (Remember Noah's Ark movie with talking rock monsters?)  Or, is this movie a self-aggrandizement projected upon the diminutive God that he portrays?  Who knows.  But I do know one thing.  I wouldn't recommend the movie.

But, there is a bright side, at least we are not like the Muslims who will go out and threaten the lives of the people involved with the film for insulting God.  Maybe Ridley Scott knows that we Christians are patient, want to get along with everyone, are forgiving, and turn the other cheek. Maybe that's why he thought he could get away with messing with God's word in misrepresenting the Lord.  Wait, that's right . . . he won't get away with it . . . Judgment Day is coming.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.