Ben-Hur (12)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Re­mak­ing the beloved 1959 orig­i­nal – which took home 11 Os­cars – must have been a daunt­ing prospect for di­rec­tor Timur Bek­mam­be­tov.

And, Mor­gan Free­man apart, big name ac­tors stayed clear of this point­less re­dux.

Brits Jack Hus­ton and Toby Kebbell give it their best shot as war­ring brothers but are let down by a sur­pris­ingly re­strained Bek­mam­be­tov.

The cli­mac­tic char­iot race took 10 more days to film than the orig­i­nal’s fa­mous show­down but fails to de­liver the same breath­less bril­liance and thrills and spills.

The pace is slow and earnest and dull­ness dom­i­nates in a re­dun­dant re­make lack­ing in epic scope and grandeur.

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