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Gods of Egypt


Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Rufus Sewell, Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Bryan Brown

Director: Alex Proyas

The setting is an invented ancient Egypt where gigantic gods live among mere midget (by comparison) humans (hordes of them generated and therefore unable to see the nonsense in which they are being forced to participate).

Gerard Butler consumes the scenery with relish as bad god Set who, having murdered Bryan Brown’s good king Osiris, usurps the throne from about-to-be-crowned good son Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, removing his eyes in the process - and then proceeds to behave very, very badly indeed…

Fortunately good thief and mere mortal Brenton Thwaites is on hand to save the day, find the missing eye of blinded god Horus and save the life of his lover Courtney Eaton who is heading into the afterlife and patently none too happy at the prospect…

Cue lashings of impressively conceived special effects which, while serving up visual marvels ad lib, can do nothing to hide the fact that these visions are merely gaudy wrapping paper designed – but failing - to disguise the hogwash that fills the screen for what seems like a lifetime.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: EmtertainmentOne. Colour.
122 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 21 Oct 2016

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