If there’s one thing the studio behind Ben-Hur wants you to know about their film, it’s that it has a chariot race. The race has been featured prominently in trailers and featurettes, and now it is central to the first two “mainstream” clips from the film.
In the first clip, we saw the two main characters getting ready for the race — and now, in the second clip, we can see a bunch of chariots colliding within said race.
Here is the new clip, which was released this morning:
There is, of course, more to Ben-Hur than the chariot race, and I’m not just referring to the “faith-based” stuff. There’s Judah falling in love with Esther, there’s the sea battle, there is Judah’s mother and sister hiding in a leper colony, etc.
Presumably the studio could use one of those clips in its secular publicity campaign, to convince us that there’s more to this movie than a single action scene — something that hints at characters and dramatic textures beyond the chariot race.
And maybe the studio will. The film comes to theatres in ten days, and presumably we will see even more clips and other bits of new footage by then. So, with any luck, perhaps one of those clips will depict something other than the chariot race.
Check out earlier trailers and other videos here:
- The first domestic and international trailers, the ‘Welcome to ShareBenHur.com’ video, and the Entertainment Tonight promo (March 16, 2016)
- The ‘Epic Faith’ trailer (March 23, 2016)
- The ‘Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus’ featurette (March 25, 2016)
- The second faith-based trailer (June 8, 2016)
- The Entertainment Tonight reports (June 11, 2016)
- The ‘Chariot Race’ featurette and Entertainment Tonight report (June 13, 2016)
- The ‘Epic’ featurette (July 6, 2016)
- The ‘Ceasefire’ music video (July 13, 2016)
- The ‘Revolution’, ‘Spark’, ‘Legend’ and ‘Combo’ TV spots (July 18, 2016)
- The ‘Back to You’ music video (July 21, 2016)
- The second domestic and international trailer (July 25, 2016)
- The ‘Jesus the Carpenter’, ‘Jesus Helps Judah’, ‘Jesus Protects the Leper’, ‘Judah and Esther’ and ‘Jesus’ Crucifixion’ clips (July 26, 2016)
- The ‘Ceasefire’ worship video, the Jack Huston interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the ‘Defy an Empire’ TV spot (August 1, 2016)
- The ‘The Only Way Out’ music video, the ‘Andra Day BTS’ featurette, and the ‘Rise’, ‘Greatest’ and ‘Revolution’ TV spots (August 2, 2016)
- The ‘You Should Have Killed Me’ clip (August 4, 2016)
- The AOL Build, WSVN News and Movieguide interviews, the Morgan Freeman interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the living poster (August 8, 2016)