Director: Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Alien, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner, Prometheus)
Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian
Producers: Peter Chernin, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 150 min.
Directing a movie is hard work. Building a film from the ground up, shooting and trimming it to bits in order to finally unveil a finished project takes blood, sweat and tears from the person daring enough to take on the helm and it’s a task that has broken plenty in the past. As a result, most directors make audiences wait several years between their pictures, making sure that they have the time necessary to get it as close to perfection as they can. For some, however, the process is a decidedly simpler endeavor and they’re able to bring out a film every year, sometimes even more than one. Woody Allen is famous for this, and possesses a consistency that is underappreciated aside from a string of misses at the turn of the century, but it’s easier for him given the smaller, more character-focused material he chooses to direct. For directors like Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg who tend to work on a massive scale with even larger budgets it takes more time and effort to turn in that final product, which makes it quite surprising that Ridley Scott has become as efficient at delivering a steady flow of features in the past few years.
Starting with Robin Hood in 2010, Scott has put out four films in five years with his next, The Martian, scheduled for release in less than twelve months. These aren’t small movies either. With the exception of last year’s crime thriller The Counselor, each of these films has been budgeted at well over $100 million and Scott’s penchant for as much physical sets as possible, as opposed to the more frequented tendency to rely on visual effects, makes each one a gargantuan task to take on. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that despite his methodical ability to bring these movies out in such rapid succession, the results have been less than desirable for those who take on the equally mighty task of actually sitting down to watch them. While I’m a fan of the divisive space epic Prometheus, there’s no denying that with critics and audiences alike Scott has been in quite a steep rough patch these past few years and so it’s with no shortage of competition that I say that his latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is easily the worst film of his 40-year career.
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