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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
 
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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
 
This is director Ridley Scott's version of the biblical story of Moses and Ramses, and the ten plagues that convinced Ramses to let the Hebrew slaves leave Egypt. Christian Bale is Moses and Joel Edgerton is Ramses. It has a really over-the-top bloody scene with crocodiles that kicks off the plagues of Egypt section of the film, and there's an extended sequence with thousands of frogs during the frog plague. There's also a non-violent scene with snakes that isn't part of the plagues.


The film tries to explain some of the more supernatural aspects of the bible story. A burning bush doesn't speak to Moses, as it does in the Charlton Heston classic, an angel in the form of a young boy speaks to him. In this film Moses doesn't have a magic snake staff that can turn into a snake, he has a sword. It doesn't transform into anything, but it does appear to have some magic powers. After Moses throws his sword into the sea, the water all flows away, as if it's some kind of tidal flow. Later it comes roaring back like a Tsunami. The Egyptians also try to explain the plagues in a scientific manner.

In case you've forgotten, these are the ten plagues: water turning into blood, frogs, gnats or lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the killing of firstborn children. The first few plagues are explained to the Pharaoh by one of his experts who tells him: "The Nile, as we know, carries a certain amount of clay. This year there's much more of it than usual, drifting in on the currents, settling on the riverbeds, and kicked up by the wild thrashing of the crocodiles. This thrashing not only dramatically changed the color of the water, but it fouled it to the point of killing the fish. But frogs, as we know, can get out of the water, when they have to. Which they did. But frogs still need water, and when they can't find it in the streets of our city. They what? Hmm? They die! And then they decompose. And then the gnats come and the maggots come and the flies come." (What he doesn't explain is why so many of the frogs ended up in the city. The river is hundreds of miles long so they should have been spread out a lot more.)

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The Snake Scene

Ramses has a collection of snakes that he keeps in a large round open-topped pit (that they could very easily crawl out of.) We first see him with a large albino python around his shoulders that he hugs affectionately. He puts the snake into the snake pit with other albino snakes. Then he grabs an albino cobra with his bare hand and milks its venom as Moses watches. He tells Moses "A little venom in your blood is a good thing. Makes you less vulnerable to the next poisonous bite. Maybe even my father's." Then he holds the cobra out towards Moses and makes a hissing sound. We never see how Ramses ingests the venom but he probably eats or drinks it.

The snakes appear to be a combination of real snakes and CGI snakes. They're well-done so it's hard to tell what's what, but the cobra when it is in the pit is certainly not real.