"Love Conquer RevengeĒ
Production : Bazelevs, Lightworkers Media, Sean Daniel
Ben-Hur, a prince who is falsely prison by his own adopted brother,
became a slave. Tries to find his way back to take his place and
save his family.
This film is the fifth film adaptation of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ written by Lew Wallace. The most memorable one would be the 11 Academy Award-winning 1959 film. Which became one of the most famous films in the history of cinema.
In 2014, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures decided to make a remake of this famous film, Ben-Hur. Directed by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. With the role of Judah Ben-Hur played by Jack Huston and Messala, Judah adopted brother played by Toby Kebbell while Morgan Freeman became Judahís mentor; Sheikh Ilderim. Tom Hiddleston, Gal Gadot even considered for a role in the film. But, instead, the producer and director put some new stars on the list. Quite dangerous!
Some labeled this film as 2016ís box office bomb. With many critics inside the U.S and more successfully internationally. Still, couldnít help that the film flop. Starting from the filmís lack of stars to the film slow paced and too long duration became everybodyís reason. Maybe because the Ben-Hur character isnít loveable enough even with the nice acting of Jack Huston. For some audience, itís not enough. Yet, some like Messalaís character more.
Starts with Ben-Hur and Messala riding horse brings the sense of tense to the audience heart which quite impressive. It shows the bond between the two brothers. Everythingís looked well executed and how it is quite different from 1959ís Ben-Hur. In which, this time the Jesus Christ-era is shown more from the start and connected till the end of the movie through Ben-Hurís wife Esther played by Nazanin Boniadi is perfect to touched everybodyís heart-apparently just some seeing the good of this fact.
This film is a strong film which has given a healing treatment to the audience. Some get out of the cinema with smile healed heart and some get out of the cinema with a normal yet bored face. Whatever it is, applause for all the team, who could make such an incredible film! No matter how flop the film is, the important part, this film can show people that love can conquer revenge and films can be a healing treatment for the audience!(Anna Rose)
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