Today we saw the release of the new Lionsgate Gerard Butler fantasy thriller, Gods of Egypt, a film whose central plot seems to focus on muscle bound dudes fighting off the wrath of the ancient Egyptian deities. This new trailer proudly displays the films lavish CGI landscapes and array of digital monsters along with the obligatory array of sweaty, muscly stud-muffins all sporting their finest sandal footwear and brittle dry wit.
According to the films official plot synopsis, “In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology 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 and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful 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.”
While there are some pretty interesting things to look at, especially if you’re into looking at rippling sweaty men and CGI monsters (its totally okay if you are, we’re not judging), it largely looks as though it’ll turn out to be fairly epic dud-buster that just can’t move past excessive uses of CGI in order to create it’s fantasy myth. Despite the fact that he’s playing Set, the Egyptian god of darkness, Butler looks to be reprising his role as shouty king Leonidas from Zach Snyder’s epic Spartan tale, 300, only this time, he’s set on taking over the world which appears to be overrun with pretty white guys and sexy British women. If there were to be any one real take away from this trailer, it’s would be that Hollywood just can’t stop casting white people in ethnic roles no matter how ridiculous it is.
While a movie about ancient Egyptian deities could be pretty awesome, this film appears to be jumping down the Clash of the Titans reboot hole thereby thrusting Gerard Butler into Sam Worthington status. Maybe we’re looking to much into this, but what do you think? Can this movie be awesome or does it belong on a shelf collecting dust with Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, Troy, 300, and 300 Returns? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.