Exodus: Gods and Kings: a new clip from the film, and a new featurette gets into the religious significance of the story

exodus-relevant-15Three weeks before the film comes out in North America, the makers of Exodus: Gods and Kings are finally zeroing in on the religious audience. A new feaurette posted by Relevant magazine features quite a few new shots of Moses during the later, shaggy-haired prophet phase of his life, and it even gives us our first look at the Hebrews smearing blood on their doorposts during the first Passover.

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Ridley Scott discusses skepticism and the “magic in science fiction” in a new Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette

exodus-epic-05Another day, another video promo for Exodus: Gods and Kings — and this one’s actually quite interesting, because it addresses the question of Moses’ beliefs head-on. Even better, director Ridley Scott — himself an avowed atheist or agnostic — seems willing to accommodate some of the more supernatural elements in the story, and he seems to want his audience to be open to that too.

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Meet Miriam, the sister of Moses, in a new Exodus clip

exodus-miriamOnce again, two different websites — one British, the other American — have posted the same “exclusive” clip from Exodus: Gods and Kings on the same day.

In an earlier clip, we saw an early scene from the film, in which Moses and Ramses were still pretty chummy with one another. Now, in today’s clip, we see Moses and Ramses at the point when their relationship takes a serious turn for the worse.

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Meet the 11-year-old boy who speaks for God when Moses sees the burning bush in Exodus: Gods and Kings

isaacandrewsBack in February, it was reported that Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings would feature “an unconventional depiction of God”. Now we have a better idea of what that report was talking about.

The Hollywood Reporter says Isaac Andrews, an 11-year-old who recently played a young Thracian prince in Hercules, appears in Exodus as a boy named Malak who “meets Moses in front of a burning bush” and “reappears thereafter to guide and debate Moses, who soon realizes the child is speaking as God.”

This is a striking departure from previous Moses movies, which have usually depicted God as a disembodied voice that is often provided by the actor playing Moses himself. But there is actually a biblical precedent for giving God and Moses a go-between like this.

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Watch: Moses and Ramses disagree over how to attack the Hittites in the first clip from Exodus: Gods and Kings

exodusgodsandkings-141110One of these days, I will write about something other than Exodus: Gods and Kings. But for now, the studio keeps putting out new materials — including, on this occasion, a new poster and our first actual clip from the film — and I’m keeping up with it all as best as I can.

The new poster went up at 20th Century Fox’s Facebook page yesterday, and it’s interesting to see how it makes Moses look really, really small next to that giant tidal wave by the Red Sea. In a way, it resembles the early posters for Noah — biblical heroes, deadly storms, lots of water — but of course it’s quite different, too, because it makes the hero such a tiny part of the picture.

Next, there is our first clip from the film — and, as you might expect, it features the clash of Egyptian and Hittite armies at the Battle of Kadesh. It also, however, hints at the character dynamic between Moses and Ramses: while the two “brothers” are still friends at this point, Moses disagrees with Ramses’ tactical decisions, and Ramses quickly puts Moses in his place. The impression you get is that Moses is smarter, but Ramses is a little more protective of his position within the social hierarchy.

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See Christian Bale chisel the Ten Commandments and more in the third full trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

vlcsnap-2014-11-10-10h40m49s174No sooner did I finish my post on the three TV spots that were released over the weekend, than the third full trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings came out. As always, you can check out screencaps of all the new images below the jump.

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