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The Pre-Take on 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Set for release in December of 2014, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is the latest film by Ridley Scott, telling the tale of two brothers and their role in the Israelite exodus from Egypt. Not unlike one of the most popular versions of the tale (The Ten Commandments), 'Exodus' spends a good amount of time identifying and integrating the relationship between Moses and Rhamses into the plot and its evolution. While the theological themes are a driving force behind much of the action, one gets the impression that the loss of Moses is what fuels Rhamses's anger and his reluctance to free the enslaved. Scott's interpretation and presentation of these events and issues are extremely evocation and epic, while somehow maintaining a firm grasp on the concrete and familiar. In the film's trailer, released in the second week of July, the relationship and camaraderie of the adopted brothers takes center stage amidst captivating backdrops and epic visual effects.

Once Brothers, Now Enemies
Once Brothers, Now Enemies
20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment, Scott Free Productions
Once Brothers, Now Enemies
20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment, Scott Free Productions

Taking on the role of an adopted prince of Egypt, messenger of God, and shepherd of a freed nation, Christian Bale stars as Moses. In a role where he gets a bit more sun, but still has the opportunity to wear armor, Bale is able to exercise his acting ability without the distraction of gadgets, gizmos, and vocal distortions. Countering Bale's Moses, Joel Edgerton co-stars as Rhamses. Edgerton is probably best known for his role as Patrick, Squadron Team Leader from "Zero Dark Thirty." In Scott's epic account of the Israelite exodus, actors Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and Aaron Paul play supporting roles alongside Bale and Edgerton. Having starred as Moses in a 1996 television adaptation of the tale, Kingsley was probably a good sounding board for the film's stars and its director.

Featuring a plague of epic effects shots, 'Exodus' relied heavily on Double Negative to produce the iconic disasters which forced Rhamses to relent to the demands of the Israelite god and Moses. Double Negative is one of Europe's most prominent visual effects studios. Recently, Double Negative announced their merger with Prime Focus World, which has primarily dealt in visual effects services and support. As reported by Variety, Prime Focus World's visual effects studios will be rebranded under Double Negative, while its support divisions will continue to focus support services.

With Scott at the helm, a cast overflowing with decades of experience and success, as well as one of the world's premiere effects houses on the job, 'Exodus' is positioned to be the next feature length triumph or just another effects film, which didn't quite find the right audience. However, with a release date set to coincide with the holiday season, there's little doubt that producers are hoping that the film will perform well enough and may garner a last minute position on 2014's list of Oscar hopefuls.