Do you love yourself some ridiculous CGI action in the form of an adventure fantasy? Well you’re in luck. Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have just released the first trailer to their upcoming film Gods of Egypt. From director Alex Proyas, it stars Gerard Butler as Set, the wicked god who brought in a time of pure darkness after taking the throne, which of course is just the beginning.
Just from that little description above, it sounds like your everyday swords-and-sandals fantasy film, but it’s far from that. Proyas, who is the mind behind such names like The Crow, Dark City, and even I, Robot, goes 100% all-in and gives his most bonkers point-of-view yet. And to much surprise, I’m kind of sort of actually okay with it… Crazy, right? Of course there is some laughable dialogue and just some batshit stuff going on, but it’s almost fun. But the best part coming from the trailer is how shockingly good the movie looks visually. Proyas has had some damn good looking films in the past, but Gods of Egypt is by far his most colorful and boldest project to date. There’s no doubt that it looks utterly ridiculous in more than one way, but I’ll admit there’s a possibility of some kind of fun, maybe… Check it out for yourself:
Thoughts? I won’t argue against anyone who thinks the trailer is ridiculously stupid, I still feel like that should be my reaction as well. But for some odd reason the trailer entertained me a bit. Here’s the official synopsis for Gods of Egypt, followed by its first set of posters:
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against the evil overlord. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen take 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 spectacular final confrontation.
Gods of Egypt will be released on February 26th, 2016. Directed by Alex Proyas starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, and Geoffrey Rush.