In the mid-2010s, Ridley Scott and Christian Bale came together to belt out a biblical epic that has found its way into the top ten list of films on Netflix this week. The film may have been panned by the critics and been a commercial misfire as well, but there is a section of the streaming audience that does not discriminate.
Exodus: Gods and Kings has surged to the fourth position on Netflix’s top ten films chart globally, amassing an impressive 18.6million hours viewed within a single week. The film has also secured a place in the top ten lists in an astounding 44 countries on the popular streaming platform.
Released in 2014, Exodus: Gods and Kings boasts a stellar cast led by the versatile Christian Bale, who takes on the role of Moses. Apart from Christian Bale as Moses, the film features a formidable ensemble cast, including Joel Edgerton as Ramses II, Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Ben Kingsley as Nun.
The film explores the biblical story of Moses leading the Hebrew folks out of Egypt, drawing inspiration from the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. The story follows Moses’ journey from an adopted member of the Egyptian royal family to his discovery of his true identity and destiny as the leader chosen by God to free the enslaved Hebrew people.
Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, and Steven Zaillian, the script breathes life into the age-old tale of liberation and divine intervention. Ridley Scott’s vision unfolded on the screen, presenting audiences with a grand spectacle that some viewers felt was simply too Hollywoodised for biblical events.
Nevertheless, for action lovers and fans of larger-than-life cinema, Exodus: Gods and Kings is a worthy choice. A 31 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating can wait in a corner for them.
You can watch Exodus: Gods and Kings on Netflix and catch the trailer here: