Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -


Chris­tian Bale plays Moses, a buff and bearded dude mak­ing that tricky tran­si­tion from An­cient Egyp­tian mil­i­tary strong­man to He­brew hell­raiser. It is cer­tainly not hard to see why di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott ( Glad­i­a­tor) was so keen on this pro­ject. Sim­ply by stick­ing to the source text, the bib­li­cal spec­ta­cle never lets up. There are pyra­mids to be built, hun­dreds of thou­sands of slaves to be whipped, bushes to be burned, com­mand­ments to write, plagues, viruses and pesti­lence to be un­leashed from on high, and last, but by no means least, there is one huge sea to be parted, and a mul­ti­tude of op­pressed peo­ple to be freed. Some ad­vice: this is one long movie, so plan ac­cord­ingly; and any bloke in this pic­ture wear­ing too much body- bronzer or guy- liner is not to be trusted.

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