Pertaining to be an epic blockbuster, Gods of Egypt looks borderline unconvincing.
Alex Proyas found fame as the director of the cult classic The Crow in the 1994. His cult status extended to Dark City in 1998 before breaking the mainstream with Will Smith starring in the hit movie I, Robot in 2004. Filling the times between movie project he’s worked on television commercials and music videos with the odd documentary thrown in for good measure. Now he looks to make a mark with Gods of Egypt, a movie that ought to be epic in stature, but will it quite live up to expectation?
Starring Gerard Butler (The 300) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister: Game of Thrones) the cast certainly seems capable of pulling off an action packed adventure set in ancient times where Set (Butler), the merciless God of Darkness, has seized the throne as the king of Egypt. A small time thief who’s love has been held captive finds himself an unlikely ally to the god Horus (Coster-Waldau) who will battle for the right to be king.
Whilst the premise isn’t bad, and nostalgia for the Stargate movie wells up inside me, I’m far from convinced by the stark use of CGI in this first trailer. Let’s hope it’s unfinished footage meant purely to build interest.
Gods of Egypt is due in cinemas from February 2016.
Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus.