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Ridley Scott's baffling, biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Ridley Scott's baffling, biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Presumably, the creative itch to bring back the bygone era of sword-and-sandal epics comes about when a big-deal Hollywood director spends six weeks in post-production fussing with his latest CGI-laden blockbuster. Fed up with pixel manipulation, he begins to fantasize about lording over an old-fashioned, bloated production, shot on location, with scores of faceless extras who exist solely to imply scope. “Those were the days,” he thinks. If this theoretical auteur is Ridley Scott, he gets “Exodus: Gods & Kings” going and assembles a baffling cast of largely lily-white performers to act out his revisionist Bible fantasies (which inevitably ends up packed with...

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