Studio Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas publicly apologized for Gods of Egypt’s lack of diversity, although this is hardly the first Africa-set epic to use a mainly white cast.
They should also fess up to CGI overkill and a dearth of originality in this ungodly jumble of a mortals-versus-deities rumble, placed in the time before the pyramids were tourist attractions.
Gerard Butler is amusingly evil as Set, an immortal infidel who usurps Egypt’s throne from nephew Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in the OK opener. It all goes to hell in a chariot after that, as Horus and nimble human thief Bek (Brenton Thwaites) find common cause in challenging Set and chasing Bek’s endangered sweetie Zaya (Courtney Eaton). Cue fireballs and dust storms, often.
Too dull for camp and too slight for drama, this time-waster unfurls under the glazed gaze of Geoffrey Rush’s sun god Ra, who orbits Earth in a baroque spacecraft. Let’s hope his cheque cleared before this hits theatres.