Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writers: Lew Wallace (based on the novel by), Keith R. Clarke (screenplay)
Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro
Plot: BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro.
Ben-Hur reviews, is subtitled “A Tale of the Christ,” and as a movie in both silent and color versions, was the kind of movie Hollywood really doesn’t make any more. A biblical epic removed from the difficulty of having to find a feature-length story in the Bible that is acceptable for overall family viewing (there aren’t as many of those as movie studios would hope), it was essentially a chariot race action movie with a Christian uplift theme for its hero. In both 1925 and 1959, this wasn’t an unusual sort of movie to make. In 2016, we like our religious movies separate from our action. Or do we? Check More Adventure Movies reviews and also give yours.