Ben-Hur Reviews and Box office collection – Ben-Hur, the Saga of an American historical tale is re-made again for the fifth time by Timur Bekmambetov. It is the re-imagining of an 1880 novel by Lew Wallace named “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, which was followed by the 1907 silent film, 1925 silent film, 1959 Academy Award winning film and the 2003 animated film of the identical name. This movie is penned by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. The stars that can be seen are Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer and Rodrigo Santoro. The Adventure drama is rated PG-13 for the series of violent scenes and disturbing images.
This is the story of two childhood friends Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell). Who further become brothers since Messala gets adopted. Later the prince’s (Judah’s) family gets betrayed by his own brother; the hero is falsely accused of treason and sentenced to a life of slavery. He then spends five years of his life on the galley of a Roman slave ship. After that, he takes on the Roman Empire and gets back to take revenge on his brother in a chariot race. Seeking revenge, he finds redemption because of the series of encounters with Jesus Christ.
This film is not an atrocious one but also cannot be called as one of the great ones. It has nothing new to offer from the past four remakes of the movie. In fact, it is quite dull till the part when Ben-Hur gets sentenced by his brother to serve as a slave on the galley of a Roman ship, after that the film picks up its pace. Even though it has pretty impressive scenes like the one showing the war on ships and of course the main chariot race, the ending ruins everything. Also, the fights scenes were directed a bit poorly. It was released on 19th August 2016, competing The Warner Bros. “War Dogs” but was left behind. War Dogs opened with $1.3 million whereas; Ben-Hur could only make $900,000.
Cast and Info.
Director – Timur Bekmambetov
Bases and Inspiration – Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
Music – Marco Beltrami
Cinematography – Oliver Wood
Edited by –
Sean Daniel Productions
Running time – 123 minutes (2 hours 4 minutes)
Language – English
Budget – $100 million
Watch Ben-Hur 2016 trailer –