Ridley Scott Biblical Epic

20th Century Fox aired a special Thanksgiving TV spot — which is really almost a full-fledged trailer — for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings that opens on December 12th.

The new 90-second bad ass spot is full of massive effects shots which might be good, but advertising Exodus as an action movie is desensitizing.

It also seems to make clear there will be some key changes made to this Bible story and the movie will not avoid talking about tiptoeing around controversial issues like Noah. And regarding a “whitewashing” of the cast issue, Scott recently explained why he hired white actors for the film saying:

“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

Controversial, but understandable: to reach the widest audience, studios must have A list stars behind it. Needless to say, I am not impressed with this comment. I think it’s obvious that Scott doesn’t get enough credit. Regardless, what would a good Bible pic be without dubstep? (“Ridley damn Scott, you know it’s gonna look fantastic.”)

The film stars Christian Bale as the defiant leader Moses, Joel Edgerton plays Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver play Ramses’ royal parents Seti and Tuya, Ben Mendelsohn plays an unpleasant viceroy Hegep, Aaron Paul is Joshua, a follower of Moses, and Ben Kingsley rounds out the cast as a “Hebrew scholar” Nun, the father of Joshua. Scott directed from a screenplay penned by Steve Zallian, Adam Cooper, and Bill Collage.

The shot of the Red Sea tsunami rushing back in and growing bigger is my favorite. My other favorite moment is when Moses says to Ramses, “You sent assassins to kill me. Next time, do it yourself” (in voice-over).

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.