A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
|Release Date||:||August 17, 2016|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Drama, History|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sean Daniel Company|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Lew Wallace, Keith R. Clarke, John Ridley|
|Casts||:||Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbæk, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Morgan Freeman, Marwan Kenzari, Moisés Arias, James Cosmo, Haluk Bilginer, Stefano Scherini, David Walmsley, Yasen Atour, Francesco Scianna, Gabriel Farnese, Denise Tantucci, Jarreth J. Merz|
|Plot Keywords||:||betrayal, vengeance|
I watched the original Ben-Hur and liked it very much, this time I was very excited going to the theater hoping for at least a 7 stars movie. I ended up leaving with disbelief why there is such a lame move in every aspect of it except the clothing and beautiful scenes. In short, they put Morgan Freeman in cameo appearance to lure moviegoer, he just appears very briefly. The story may be good for reading but the acting is very poor. Remember how officers and generals in Roman Legionnaire look? They are mostly glorified and be surrounded by thousands of troops in full battle (beautiful) gears. In this movie we only see a few officers and they are mostly by themselves in every scenes arguing, fighting, escorting prisoners to Rome, no more than 5 Roman soldiers around wherever the officers go, to the point that they are beaten, ridiculed, wounded, or killed easily. The most ridiculous part, to me, is those no-skilled peasant-turned-fighters were able to fight off or killed the fiercest gladiators who side with the Romans. Lastly, the story put lots of people (suddenly) to appear at the perfect time, perfect location, with fighting skill, or luck, to fight the Romans, and won; The whole movie is just like that.
No offense here but I don't know why other viewers put this movie more than 3 stars? To me, if you give movies like "Gladiators", "300" 100 points, this one barely makes 10 points.