DVD Review by Anna Heydenrych
Lead Performer: Dougray Scott;
Performers: Naveen Andrews (Lost), Omar Sharif;
First released in 2006 as a TV mini series; Released 2014 as two-part feature movie
Ten Commandments brings us the story of Moses (not for the first time) in a two part feature movie. The story is told from his adventure in the basket as a baby, all the way to the first glimpse of the Promised Land.
Lead performer, Scottish actor Dougray Scott, brings depth to his performance as Moses and his charismatic portrayal of the Old Testament leader draws the viewer into the story. On the whole, the characters are well developed (there is a lot of time to develop them as it is a long story and a long film), which does enhance the entertainment value and give the other performers, such as Naveen Andrews of Lost fame, an opportunity to add some dimension.
The story is true to Biblical scripture, but does take artistic liberty especially when it comes to relationships between characters and Moses’ relationship with God. However the liberties taken are, I feel, in line with what we know of the character of God revealed to us in the New Testament, so this does bring some value to the overall narrative of the film.
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With just the right balance between drama and action, this movie does have entertainment value, but I would suggest watching it in two sittings as I found my concentration beginning to wane near the end.
I would definitely recommend this movie as it brings to life an incredibly important and dramatic historical account in a meaningful, yet entertaining way.