You guys… I bring you this news because it is my job to do so, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing this to you. Let’s just get this done quick, like ripping off a Band-Aid. Gods of Egypt has released its first theatrical trailer. It’s… interesting to say the least. Besides the cast for a movie set in ancient Egypt being pretty damn white-washed, the special effects are big and bad and unapologetic. Every shot seems like a glorified flex-fest between Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler (The latter totally plucks out the former’s eye, by the way. Because that’s what you do when someone is unfit to be king, right?). Read on for the actual premise of the movie, and the trailer itself.Right off the bat, a movie that revolves around ancient Egyptian Gods seems super interesting. It’s just the presentation that seemed to be a shot in the foot here. Directed by Alex Proyas, here’s the official write up for the plot of Gods of Egypt:
The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful and vengeful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.
Are you cringing? It’s okay, it seems like that may have been the expected reaction, judging by comments for the trailer being disabled. While it may not be on YouTube, this movie is definitely going to garner a lot of heated conversations (and most likely debates) before it hits theaters on February 26, 2016.