Ropey, unnecessary remake of a classic has plenty of CGI chariots Discuss this article

© ITP Images

Just because you’re rolling in the chariot doesn’t make you Charlton Heston. That’s a lesson this weightless remake of the 1959 sword-and-sandal Oscar winner learns the hard way. Director Timur Bekmambetov, so original through his early entries like Wanted (2008), is now on one of the worst streaks imaginable.

Taking the worst of it here on the chin is star Jack Huston, whose prince turned slave suffers from a distinct lack of personality – he’s like a boulder someone forgot to chisel into a statue.

The character is supposed to function as a model of suffering and forgiveness. But Huston’s hoarse voice is a grating bore.

Also, the 15-minute-long climactic chariot race feels like a video game scene, shimmering with digital dust and overblown colours.

The bottom line A ropey, unnecessary remake of a classic.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 125
  • Released: Thu, 08 Sep
  • Language: English
  • Director: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro

Add your review/feedback

Subscribe to weekender newsletter



Explore by

Our favourite features