By Andrea Leung
“Gods of Egypt” is your classic mythology movie. It follows the journey of a young Egyptian man, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), who ventures to save his deceased love, Zaya (Courtney Eaton). In exchange for the help of the Egyptian God of air, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Bek agrees to help Horus save Egypt from the treacherous God of the desert, disorder and violence, Set (Gerard Butler).
The movie has an intricate, suspenseful plot, in which two strong characters join up to save the kingdom and those they love. The tale begins with a drunken Horus, preparing for his coronation. SPOILER ALERT: Not knowing that his dear uncle Set would overthrow the city, he battles with Horus during his coronation, and in the process, takes Horus’ eyes (literally), the key to his powerful abilities. We’re left with a self-pitying, redemption-needing, God who bleeds gold blood.
Banished to spend his days in self-pity and solitude, Bek comes along with a proposition. Bek is your classic movie hero, charming and intelligent. In exchange for his help obtaining Horus’ eyes, Horus agrees to bring back Zaya.
Together, they embark on a long, arduous journey around Egypt and the Universe to obtain the alliances and tools they need to take back Egypt.
Complete with phenomenal special effects, “Gods of Egypt” provides an incredible movie experience. Though not quite realistic, the special effects are impressive and add to the movie’s excitement factor. Whether it is soaring through the Egyptian sky with Horus or wading through the river with the Gods and Bek, the amazing scenes and effects make the experience worthwhile.
This movie fits in with the typical Greek-mythology movies, but with the “Gods of Egypt,” the stories and characters are all different. You have your typical team of Gods and humans fighting for the revival of a fair and prosperous Egypt, and you have the antagonistic team of Gods fighting for power. Gerard Butler, who is famous for his role as Leonidas I in the movie “300,” takes the role as the leading antagonist, Set. Set, who has been destined to live in the desert, away from the fruitful kingdom ruled by his brother, decides that it is his turn to rule; once he overthrows the kingdom, Set robs his fellow Gods of their special powers and becomes a seemingly unstoppable villain.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, famous for his role as Jaime Lannister in the HBO show “Game of Thrones,” takes on the role of Horus, the stubborn, cocky God, and he does a great job at it. Similar to his acting in “Game of Thrones,” Coster-Waldau embodies the character and successfully portrays Horus’ development from arrogance to wisdom.
Young lead actor Brenton Thwaites and actress and Courtney Eaton do a phenomenal job personifying their characters. Thwaites, widely known for his lead roles in “The Giver” and “Oculus,” and his more minor role in “Maleficent,” takes on yet another lead role in this big blockbuster. He portrays Bek as a young, love-driven man who would do anything for Zaya. Courtney Eaton, who starred in the raved-about movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” also does an astounding job creating the character Zaya. With her beauty and innocence, she portrays Zaya as the loving, selfless character she was meant to be.
The film is directed by Alex Proyas, who has directed films like “The Crow” and “I,Robot.” Proyas brings the well written script to life through staging and presentation.
However, lacking from this film is diversity. Set in Egypt, the Gods and the civilians are native Egyptians, but the cast consists of a very homogenous, caucasian group of actors and actresses. It would have been more authentic to have had a cast of people of color, who could portray the setting and the movie in its respective culture.
Overall, this film is very entertaining and very appealing towards those who love mythology and action-packed films. If you’re looking for an exciting, though slightly predictable thriller, “Gods of Egypt” is for you.