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Gods of Egypt

Year : 2016 Director : Alex Proyas Running Time : 127 minutes Genre : , , , , , ,
Movie review score
4/5

The film takes place in an alternative Egypt, where the world is flat and gods live among mortal humans. The Egyptian gods are distinguished from humans by their greater height, golden blood, and ability to transform into animal-headed deity forms.

Bek, a mortal thief, with his love Zaya are about to attend the coronation of Horus by his father king Osiris. However, during the ceremony Osiris is killed by his jealous brother Set, who seizes the throne and declares a new regime where the dead will have to pay with riches to pass into the afterlife. Horus duels Set in deity form but is overpowered, and during the chaos, Bek is separated from Zaya. Horus’ lover Hathor begs for his life, so Set settles for tearing out Horus’ eyes, which are the source of his power, and banishing him to the desert.

A year passes, during which Set marries Hathor and commissions a grand obelisk tower to be built in honor of his father Ra. Bek has found Zaya among the slaves building the monument, under the ownership of the chief architect Urshu. Believing that Horus is the only one who can defeat Set, she takes floorplans from Urshu’s library which aid Bek in stealing one of Horus’ eyes from Set’s vault. However, Urshu finds out about their theft and mortally wounds Zaya as the couple flee. Bek arrives at Horus’ prison, where he makes a bargain with the blinded god: one of his eyes and Bek’s knowledge of how to get into Set’s tower in exchange for Horus bringing Zaya back from the dead, before her spirit reaches the gate to the afterlife where she’ll have no riches to pay. Horus agrees, though not telling Bek that he cannot resurrect the dead.

With only a single eye, Horus can not assume deity form. He and Bek travel to a mountain shrine to Ra to plead for his help, Ra transporting them to his divine vessel above the Earth’s sky. Horus is unable to convince Ra to regrant him his power in full or to intervene and defeat Set himself, as Ra is both neutral about their conflict and daily at war with an enormous shadow beast, Apophis, that threatens to devour the world. Nevertheless, Horus obtains divine waters from Ra’s vessel, which would weaken Set if poured in his shrine of eternal fire. Horus and Bek return to the mortal world, fighting off Set’s warriors on the way.

Set sets out to obtain other gods’ powers in order to increase his might. Having gained Horus’ other eye and Osiris’ heart, he confronts his former wife Nephthys and cuts off her wings for himself. Hathor attempts to divine Horus’ location in secret, but Set discovers her and attempts to kill her. She escapes by removing a bracelet protecting her from the underworld’s demons, which steals her from Set, into the underworld, until she puts the bracelet back on, returning Hathor to the mortal world. Eventually reaching Bek and Horus, Hathor saves them from Set’s assassins Astarte and Anat and reveals to them that Set’s shrine is protected by a riddling sphinx. The group heads to the library of Thoth to recruit him for help, certain that he will be wise enough to answer the sphinx’s riddle.

Arriving at Set’s shrine, the gods and Bek overcome its traps, including the sphinx, to reach the source of Set’s power. But before they can pour the divine water in, Set intercepts them and reveals Horus’ deception to Bek: that he would be unable to bring Zaya back from the dead. Set destroys their flask of divine water, steals Thoth’s brain, and collapses the shrine on them. Horus saves his allies’ lives with his strength, but Bek is furious at him for lying about Zaya, whose spirit is just moments away from the afterlife’s judging. Hathor then sacrifices her own safety for Zaya’s payment, giving up her protective bracelet to Bek and then is immediately kidnapped by the underworld’s demons.

Having obtained the powers of the gods, Set travels to Ra, appealing to his father for approval. Ra claims that all of Set’s prior mistreatment were tests preparing Set for his true role, taking Ra’s place as the defender of the world aboard his solar barge. Set is dismayed to hear his destiny was to rule alone above the planet until he dies. He then casts Ra off the boat and decides to let Apophis consume both the mortal and immaterial realms, so that Set may create a new world where he is immortal.

Bek returns to the mortal world where Horus apologizes and the two resolve to take down Set, capturing Urshu so that he may guide them through Set’s obelisk. While Set calls down Apophis on Egypt with Ra’s staff, Horus battles him on the tower’s peak but is heavily outmatched. However, Bek comes to his rescue and takes the other eye off of Set’s armor. He throws it to Horus but falls off the obelisk, and Horus chooses to save Bek instead. This act restores Horus’ power, and he battles Set until Horus brings down the obelisk and kills him. He then finds Ra and returns his staff to him, allowing Ra to once again repel Apophis.

Horus is restored as king and his other eye found and returned, but Bek has been killed. Having saved Ra, though, his grandfather repays Horus by bringing Bek and Zaya back to life. The other gods have their attributes restored, and Horus is crowned king and declares the afterlife will be open to the good doers of the world. Bek is made chief advisor, and he gives Horus back the bracelet, letting Horus rescue Hathor from the underworld.

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