‘Gods of Egypt’ needs divine intervention
March 2, 2016
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The theater is full of movies busting their way through the box-office, Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt” is not one of them.
“Gods of Egypt” hit theaters Feb. 26 with an all-star cast consisting of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, and Brenton Thwaites. Sadly, even these actors cannot make up for how badly the movie flopped.
The cast had little to say about the movie after it received heavy criticism, and “Gods of Egypt” was surprisingly unadvertised for the cast it contained. The actors seem to be doing well in other films at least.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is well-known for his portrayal as Jaime Lannister in the “Game of Thrones” series. Gerard Butler is a seasoned actor with movies such as “How to Train your Dragon” and “300” under his belt. He is currently starring in “London has fallen,” which will be released into theaters on March, 1 2016. Brenton Thwaites had a role in “Maleficent,” and will star in the newest “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “Dead men tell no tales.”
“Gods of Egypt” is an action/adventure romp through a land loosely inspired by Egyptian Mythology. The god of chaos, Set, overthrown the current ruler of Egypt and claims the throne for himself. Enslaving the world as he plunges it into chaos. Bek, a young mortal, forms an alliance with the god Horus to stop Set and rescue Berks true love.
Rottentomatoes.com rated the movie a lowly 12%. Many left complaints on the site for the obvious CGI, cheesy dialogue, and cringe-worthy battle-scenes.
According to LA times, “Gods of Egypt” is expecting to gross around $15 million. A rough start “for a picture that cost $140 million to make and millions more to market.”
The film also received backlash for its choice of cast. The film director, Alex Proyas, even came out to apologize for “White-washing.”
“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” Proyas said. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
While the movie did poorly in the box office, it did make for almost two hours of mindless fun. Just don’t go into the movie expecting Mythological accuracy. The movie had more in common with video games than myths. “Gods of Egypt” constantly made fun of itself, with the characters poking fun at their own situations, and enough CGI to make an animated movie jealous.
While not a stunning masterpiece, the movie was in the same vein as “Clash of the Titans,” and “Percy Jackson,” and just a fun waste of time.