Gods of Egypt

Bek and Horus at the garden created by Osiris.

What makes the world go around? It is nothing more than ego. The same driving force might be the cause, the primary cause, of the creation of this world. But, whose ego then? Surely, it is God’s ego that plays the role of the governing dynamics. He doesn’t need human being to worship Him. Nevertheless, He needs us, human being, to make sure His Existence and Power recognizable. Like it or not, we must get used to such asymmetrical relationship until we die.

Gods of Egypt, the latest movie of Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush best illustrates the notion above. Set (Gerard Butler) and Osiris (Bryan Brown) are brothers; sons of Ra (Geoffrey Rush), the Creator of the Universe and serves as the most powerful God. Set is hungry for power. On the coronation of Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), son of Osiris, as the next King of Egypt replacing his father, Set kills Osiris and fights against Horus. Weak in character and physical ability compared to Set who has been living in desert for thousands of years, Horus loses the fight and his uncle puts off both his eyes. Set takes the throne and kills any God who doesn’t want to worship and sets out rebellion against him, while Horus being imprisoned in a tomb. The blind God doesn’t do anything but grieving for his lose and the death of his parents, and his blindness.

Horus’ life experiences significant change with the coming of Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a young talented thief, and the dead body of Zaya (Courtney Eaton), his lover, to his place brings hope for Horus. Bek manages to steal one of his eyes from Set’s keep designed by Urshu (Rufus Sewell), the man who enslaves Zaya. The story is then continued by Horus trying to discover himself and launch fights against Set who is becoming more powerful. It is interesting to see that Horus can’t do more without his power and Bek’s assistance. Bek, a common human being, is skeptical towards the power of Gods, very different from Zaya, a devoted worshiper of Horus.

The movie directed by Alex Proyas is rich in visual effects. Children should love it. However, it is also rich in violent scenes and sensual appearances of its actresses; making it inappropriate to have children or kids as it viewers. Gods of Egypt is not solely about power and throne. Above all, it drives audience to think that either good or bad has the same standing in front of God the Almighty – i.e. Ra. Both are complementary in providing existence before human being. Neither plot nor story is special; predictable, in the sense that one can’t perform meaningful and substantial undertaking unless he or she has been able to find his or her identity. The most captivating part of Gods of Egypt lies on its philosophical and metaphysical ideas about God, human being, and both relationship. That’s what makes Gods of Egypt entertaining and worth to see. On more thing to say is about the use of Masonic symbols; something that’s told to have Egypt as its origin. The obelisk built by Urshu and the fact that Horus manages to defeat Set using only one eye, for instance, are focal points of the use of Masonic values in this movie. The one-eye warrior manages to defeat ‘normal’ warrior. Gods of Egypt truly embraces this Masonic value. You will find more such things if you see this movie.


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