When I was in high school many, many years ago, I was a fan of the Greek Mythology book series that were required reading. I was never knowledgeable about Egyptian Mythology, other than RA the sun god, so when I heard they were making a big budget movie on this subject, I couldn’t wait to see it. The trailers looked interesting, it has a good cast, what could go wrong? I liked Gerard Butler in the 300 movie, (although he is wasting his talents in the Fallen Series… ‘Olympus has Fallen’, ‘London has Fallen’), so I thought that, this being about ancient times, it may be a successful repeat for Gerard. Unfortunately, not so lucky.
While I found this movie to be somewhat entertaining (for young kids and simpleminded people) it became more of a cartoon, similar to Thor, than to Greek (or should I say Egyptian) Mythology.
I’ll try to explain it without giving anything away, if that’s even possible.
RA, the sun god, is a good god (unlike the way they portrayed him in Stargate) who protects the people of Earth, while riding on his flying ark fortress in the heavens, from being plunged into darkness by a big, bad demon. RA has two sons, whom both live on Earth: Osiris (Bryan Brown), the good son, a god who rules over the mortals in Egypt, and Set (Gerard Butler) the evil son, a god who’s been cast out to live and rule in the desert. The day has come when Osiris is turning the kingdom over to his son, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a god who likes to party a bit too much, when the ceremony is interrupted by Set, who, well you know what the evil brother does… causes chaos. I don’t want to tell you what happens, but let me just say: Horus is left blind and Set rules the mortals, removing their freedom where they are forced into slavery. Sounds like a mix between Thor and Mississippi in the sixties, doesn’t it?
To the rescue, comes Bek, (Brenton Thwaites) a young mortal who’s in love with a girl, but is basically a thief. Add a lot of drama, death, magic, mythical stuff, a love story, a journey and other stuff, and you end up at the big climatic scene. Horus battles Set for ruling control of the Kingdom. It’s basically the same story in every fairytale: good versus evil; evil wins and imprisons good; good finally, after several attempts, beats evil.
OK, so it’s a simple story, the special effects are average, the 3D was OK, and the performances were adequate. But seeing a mortal walk amongst the gods on the big screen (who are actually 3 feet taller) gave me hope that someday, I too, would be able to… Ah, forget it—it’ll never happen!