First Trailer for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

While Ridley Scott may not have had the best luck in terms of critical or commercial success lately with his latest he has seemed to place all of his figurative eggs in the baskets of those that have whether it be in story or the actors conveying it. This year alone we've had several religious-themed films made on small budgets only to reap big rewards (God's Not Dead, Heaven is for Real) as well as secular takes on bible stories such as Noah that maybe didn't make as much money as expected ($359 million worldwide on a $125 million budget), but were well-received by the majority of critics if not as ecstatically as one might expect a new Darren Aronofsky film to be. Into this mix Scott will place his take on the story of Moses and in doing so has recruited the likes of Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton to bring this famous, well-worn story to life. This kind of precedent didn't exactly bode well for Noah which the studio felt it had to place a label in front of and ultimately seemed too grand a jump for those resting comfortably in the Bible belt, but if Scott's filmography is any indication this film will be more in the tradition of grand historical epics than innovative interpretations and artistic expression. That is what the trailer seems to hint at anyway as the focus is on the scope of the kingdoms and the richness of the detail as much as it is the character and story. Scott knows how to make an epic in the vein of old Hollywood though and has had success in doing so. Is he simply re-hashing one of his last great original efforts with the packaging of the now reliable religious angle? We'll see, but if the trailer is any indication this will at least be a thrilling picture if not necessarily an insightful, motivating work as its source material intends to be. The film also stars Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaveopens and opens on December 5th. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer and posters.

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

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