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Sometimes movie trailers are filled with such amazing visuals that you just have to sit back and say, "wow." It’s only when it’s over that you realize you have almost zero of an idea as to what the hell you just saw or what the movie’s about. It sure was fun to watch, though. The trailer for Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt is just such a spectacle. It makes pretty much no sense whatever, but yeah, "wow." Check it out below.
So, it’s ancient Egypt. It is in fact such ancient Egypt that the gods actually rule over the people directly, as opposed to like a Pharaoh or something. The gods are humanoids, but they also can wear awesome godly power armor that turns them into the human/animal hybrids you remember from the hieroglyphics in history class. Only they look more like characters out a Killer Instinct game. Set, played by Gerard Butler, defeats Horus, played by Games of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and removes his eyes as punishment, apparently by picking them out of his skull, which doesn’t seem like the most efficient way to do that. Wouldn’t just a thumb to the eye do the trick?
Set is apparently a bad, bad man, so some humans go in search of a now-in-hiding Horus to get his help in fighting Set. Also they get his eyes back for him, or, apparently, only one. And it’s magic now for some reason.
Also, there are giant snakes to fight. Because why wouldn’t there be giant snakes to fight? This movie appears to be utterly insane and completely fantastic. It tells no version of Egyptian mythology I recall learning about, but who cares? It looks an absolutely fun time at the movies.
While Coster-Waldau has made a strong name for himself on HBO this will be his first big chance to prove himself on the silver screen. While it’s difficult to tell from a trailer alone he may have the makings of a pretty great action hero.
Basically what we have here is the recent Clash of the Titans remake with the serial numbers filed off and the geography changed to Egypt in order to change the names of the characters. If you had fun with that movie and it’s terrible (but no less ridiculous) sequel, this could be just as much fun for you, if not more so.