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Gods of Egypt review: Posturing heroes in tired tale

By Damon Smith

Published 17/06/2016

Fired up: Gods of Egypt looks the part but fails to deliver
Fired up: Gods of Egypt looks the part but fails to deliver

Benevolent King Osiris (Bryan Brown) is poised to crown his self-doubting son, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the new ruler of Egypt in front of an adoring throng, including his wife Isis (Rachael Blake) and Horus' lover, Hathor (Elodie Yung), the goddess of love.

At the last minute, Osiris' jealous brother Set (Gerard Butler) gatecrashes the ceremony, murders the old king and seizes the throne. "Behold the fate of those who stand in my way," bellows Set, who demands that gods and mortals bow before him. Horus attempts to avenge his father, but Set is too powerful and rips out his nephew's eyes. Humble pickpocket Bek (Brenton Thwaites) and slave girl sweetheart Zaya (Courtney Eaton) set forth to overthrow Set by stealing back Horus' peepers.

The plan goes tragically awry and Bek enters into a dangerous pact with Horus to complete his mission, aided by the rightful king's grandfather, Ra (Geoffrey Rush), who shoots fiery bolts from his watchtower in the heavens.

Gods Of Egypt is a morass of oiled pecs, posturing and tiresome showdowns between exiled heroes and otherworldly creatures.

Belfast Telegraph

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