Trailer: Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

The first trailer has arrived for “Blade Runner” and “Alien” director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods And Kings,” the latest take on the story of Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.

The first part of the trailer focuses on the “Prince of Egypt” angle with Moses and Ramses being ‘as close as brothers’ growing up and then a rift splitting the pair. The second half drops into the more familiar “Ten Commandments” style big FX-fuelled fantasy elements like the seas parting, the river of blood, etc.

For a teaser there’s a surprising number of epic visual effects shots, and the casting of the very Caucasian Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver as Egyptian royalty will no doubt raise a lot of eyebrows.

Still, there’s some splendent visuals and Scott’s straightforward approach to the material, dropping the usual bombast and preachiness that often turns a wider audience off Biblical epics. Can it add anything new to such a familiar story though?

The trailer is up at Apple Trailers.