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Ben-Hur is yet another remake that reminds us about things that are sacred and should be left untouched. While some giant holes were burnt in the pockets for adding the superb effects to the movie, this epic biblical movie was a journey on the chariot of boredom from the beginning to the end.
The movie definitely had its moments but they eventually dull-out compared to the over-extended first half and trying-too-hard in the second half.
Messala being an officer in the Roman army accuses Ben-Hur of sedition and get his family executed. After years of slavery, Ben returns for avenge.
Unfortunately, the movie isn't competing against the other releases this week but with the Wyler's masterpiece which earned record-breaking 11 Academy Awards. They were very tough shoes to fill in. And, it is safe to say that Timur's adaptation fails.
With all its shortcomings, the chariot race garners the movie in all its glory. It will force you to root for Ben-Hur as Messala uses all his strength to bring him down. It will hold your attention for as long as the sequence continues.
You'll be forced to scrunch your eyes as you watch Judah wearing a pair of jeans while he rides a horse and the very obvious American accent of Morgan Freeman even when he's playing the role of Nubian Sheikh Ilderim. Not cool.
I will give the movie 1 star out of 5. You can make a pass on it.