The upcoming movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, looks promising according to The Dove Foundation’s CEO Dick Rolfe, The movie is scheduled to be released on December 14 this year. After he recently viewed a trailer for the picture that just hit the internet and movie screens, we spoke with Mr. Rolfe about the film.
When asked about his expectations and hopes regarding the movie, he replied, “I am looking forward to watching the re-telling of The Ten Commandments. From the just-released trailer, it appears to be a well-made epic-scale motion picture. The special effects are much more impressive than the 1956 version, benefitting from technological advances in filmmaking.
“I hope that 20th Century Fox learned something from Paramount’s epic debacle, Noah, which has not yet recovered its production costs in gross domestic box office. That’s what you get by turning a Bible story over to a director who’s an avowed atheist. Fox has a chance to redeem the studio system by making certain that Exodus: Gods and Kings accurately tells the story of Moses and the Hebrews’ escape from Egyptian tyranny. My guess is they will succeed.”
The trailer does indeed show an incredible clip of the raised Red Sea which is held up by God in order that the Hebrews might cross over to the other side as they flee Pharaoh and his henchmen.
When asked about the current trend in several faith-based films being released, Mr. Rolfe said, “Movie themes run in trends. We are just coming off a Comic Book Hero trend and entering into a Bible Hero phase. I believe this is a wonderful time for believers to use these movies to share Christ with their un-churched friends and relatives. It’s easier to start up a spiritual conversation using a motion picture. Will this trend in inspirational movie-making last for long? Only as long as the films are high quality, well-attended, and financially successful. One encouraging sign that faith-friendly films will be around for a while is God’s Not Dead,which cost $1.7 million to make, and has so far made over $60 million at the box office alone.” In addition, Heaven is for Real, the New York Times #1 bestseller, has made over $90 million at the box office. The Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen, are responsible for successful box office faith-based films such as Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. Theyare in the process of developing anther movie.
The time could be ripe for the new Exodus film, with other faith-based films performing well at the box office, and with its holiday release window. Besides Bale, it stars Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton, and Ben Kingsley.
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