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.