“Gods of Egypt” (Lionsgate)
By Catholic News Service
This unintentionally funny swords-and-sandals epic about warring deities in ancient Egypt, directed with deadly seriousness by Alex Proyas, unfolds at a furious pace — a fantasy adventure turned frenetic video game.
A wicked god (Gerard Butler) usurps the throne of his brother (Bryan Brown), slaying him in the process, and gouges out the eyes of his nephew (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), thereby removing his divine powers. But a teenage mortal (Brenton Thwaites) and his resourceful girlfriend (Courtney Eaton) scheme to retrieve the purloined peepers and restore the rightful heir.
Viewers are unlikely to fall into the sin of idolatry as a result of this overblown nonsense which strays, on occasion, into outright campiness before fading quickly — and mercifully — from memory. Mythological hooey, cartoonish action violence, an adulterous relationship, at least one crude term.
The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.