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Exodus: Gods and Kings | 2014 | PG-13 | - 1.6.1

Set in 1300 BCE Moses (Christian Bale) leads 600,000 Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and to freedom. Also with Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman are married and we see them in their home later where they caress each other, kiss and the man begins to untie the woman's top (sex is implied). A husband and his wife kiss and hug.
 A man is shown wearing clothing that reveal his bare chest, abdomen and back in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut top and wrapped skirt that reveals cleavage, abdomen and legs to the upper thigh.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - People in an encampment prepare themselves for battle as Egyptian soldiers approach: many men are struck down by arrows, chariots race through the area and two chariots get stuck together causing one to break apart and throw its rider, who rolls on the ground as another chariot with three horses charges toward him; the other chariot is tipped and is thrown over the man not hitting him (he is unharmed), men fight with swords and knives and we hear crunches as men are run through (we see blood on a few blades).
 A man kills two guards using a sword and we hear crunching and slashing. Two men with swords attack a sleeping man in the desert and he kills them both with slashes from his own sword (we hear crunches and slashes). A man, a woman and a child are shown being hanged in a square with many people watching (we see the platform fall away form their feet and they swing briefly); many other people are also shown being hanged in a similar fashion.
 A dark shadow moves over the land and we see many sleeping children take their last breath; a man finds his infant son dead and he groans in grief, as we hear many other people crying out when they find their children dead. Sharks circle and attack a dead horse in the water while vultures feed on dead bodies onshore. Crocodiles swim toward a fishing boat on a river, one lunges onto the boat and bites a man's legs while another man falls off the boat on the other side and we see another crocodile grab him from under water; soon the water is filled with thrashing crocodiles attacking men from the boats and each other until the water is blood red. A horse spits out blood and collapses dead on the ground. A bull snorts out blood and falls dead on the ground.
 A slave is shown leaning against a rock and being whipped repeatedly (we see blood on the man's back) and the man whipping him says the slave feels no pain. Guards search through streets and houses for a man; we see people running and being shoved, one man is pulled by the hair and another is struck hard across the face. A man climbs a mountain during a lightning storm and is caught in a rock slide; we see him covered with mud later and he falls unconscious; when he wakes up he is in a bed where we see his wife tending to his injuries (a bit of blood on his face and a large bloody gash on his leg with a splint). Hail falls from the sky and hits people hard; they run and scream and try to get to safety. A man holds a blade to another man's throat.
 Soldiers ride through a town and set houses on fire with people still inside (we hear screaming and see people thrashing in flames). Explosives are set and we see flames as munitions depots are destroyed. Flaming arrows are loosed into munitions supply boats moving along a river and we see men in flames falling overboard and hear their screams. We hear that people are starving and when a large crowd breaks into a grainery, the grain is accidentally set on fire causing people to run and scream and we see them being shot down by arrows as they run out of the burning building). Many soldiers riding in chariots along a narrow path are thrown over the ledge and fall a great distance to their deaths (we see horses falling also as the ground crumbles under them). Many people run and ride horses toward a shore trying to beat an enormous wave barreling down on them; soldiers follow the people and they turn back to run the other way hoping to outrun the wave but it is too late. A man yells at two women and threatens them before demanding that one place her arm on a table; the man raises his sword above the woman's arm, brings it down and another man stops the blade with his own sword.
 A boy (we understand that it is God) yells at a man. A woman tells her adult son that she wants another man dead. A man yells at another man for not getting a building project done, and then yells, "Get it done or do I need to kill somebody?" A wife yells at her husband about his leaving her and their children; the husband leaves. A pharaoh orders slaves to work harder and we see more bodies piling up on carts. A man tells another man, "I will bring my plague to you," and "I am God," and "I will drown every Hebrew child in the Nile." A man tells another man to protect his child.
 A man dies (not shown) and we see his body wrapped in gauze and prepared for a funeral ceremony. A toddler dies and is shown limp as his father holds him and cries; we see the child wrapped in gauze later and placed in a burial box. A man is shown with leeches on his arm and blood dribbles along his arm and into a basin (the man is apparently sick with something). Large carts are shown full of dead bodies and we see some bodies being dumped into flames. We see people with boils on their faces and necks. A man survives being struck by a huge wave and is shown later with large bloody gashes on his back and face.
 A goose or a duck is sacrificed and its entrails are read; a woman jabs the dead bird in the abdomen and removes a handful of bloody entrails while blood drips from its beak into a vessel and a man dips his fingers in the blood and licks them. A man instructs people to sacrifice a lamb and paint its blood on their doors; we see many people slaughtering lambs (one lamb is shown twitching on the ground) and smearing blood on their doors. Many toads come out of water and hop across the land (we see a sleeping woman's bed covered with them and she wakes up screaming). Many flies and maggots are shown buzzing around people and animals and food in a market area; one man appears to be covered with flies and even in his mouth, presumably smothering him, as he falls to the ground. Locusts are shown in swarms as they fly around people and land on food stores. A man is shown with a huge snake wrapped around his shoulders; he places the snake back in a pit and pulls another one out as it raises up ready to attack him and places its fangs in a collection cup to gather the venom. A man kills an animal with a bow and arrow (we don't see the act) and we see it being cooked over a fire. Many dead fish are seen bloated and floating on the surface of blood-red river water.
 Many people walk a great distance and find themselves at the edge of the sea where they cannot cross until the tide pulls the water away and makes a path for the people to cross; after a short time the water rushes back and crashes down on top of people and horses (we see many people and horses and equipment floating and sinking into the water. Many people gather and assemble stores of weapons and are trained how to use them effectively. A Pharaoh and his advisers plan a battle against Hittites. A man tells another man that he was born a slave. A man sees a small boy who talks to him and gives him direction on what to do to gather and inspire people (he sees him in several scenes). Many people leave a town and we hear that 4000 men and 1000 chariots are following them.
 We see several scenes of slaves being forced to work to build monuments and pyramids in Egypt under horrible conditions. Slaves are shown hauling heavy carved stones and being whipped. We see slaves being forced to work and hear moaning and yelling in several scenes. We read that Hebrews were slaves to Egypt. Two women and a man are sent into exile and we see the man and his horse trapped in a sandstorm (the horse collapses and we see it lying dead later). A man with a cleaver hacks at meat and carcasses hang around him.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (you people, grim-faced physicians, fanatic, thief, killer of children), 1 religious exclamation (I am God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Egypt, God, The wrath of God, the Old Testament, Abraham, Moses, Egyptian gods, rituals, omens, prophecies, faith, the chosen ones, revolution, sedition, coincidence, exile, belief, war of attrition, patience, cruel inhumane, revenge, plagues, punishment.

MESSAGE - Don't just say what people want to hear.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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