Gods of Egypt

Theatrical Release: February 26, 2016
DVD Release: May 31, 2016
Gods of Egypt


The Egyptian god of darkness, Set, takes over the throne of the Egyptian empire. A mortal hero, Bek, allies with the Egyptian god Horus in a mission to save the world and rescue his love.

Dove Review

“Gods of Egypt” brings the ancient mythology of gods and war to life. It is an old-fashioned, epic film about gods and mortals. Set (Gerard Butler), the menacing god of darkness, winds up on the throne of Egypt after he seizes power. The rightful heir, the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), has his eyes pulled out by Set and can never hope to gain the throne without them. The mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites) is willing to help Horus get his eyes back if he will help bring back his true love, Zaya (Courtney Eaton) from the underworld. Although it has never been done before, Horus says he knows of a way, so Bek and Horus set out to defeat Set. Ultimately, the god Ra (Geoffrey Rush) plays a part in the outcome in the struggle between Horus and Set, which is a battle for the throne of Egypt.

The movie features spectacular effects, although in the opening sequence, which slowly spans the pyramids and ancient city of Egypt, they are obviously CGI images. But the effects get better after that. The film features many battles and fights but almost no blood, and when it does, the blood is mostly golden, from various gods. “Gods of Egypt” is a fantasy film all the way. Due to the compelling themes of true love and good triumphing over evil, we are pleased to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A god and goddess are in bed together, but nothing graphic is shown; it is mentioned that a young couple were "fornicating," but the act is not shown on screen; passionate kissing.
Language: S-1; A-1; D-1; Fool-1
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence, with gods and men fighting huge creatures and each other; very little blood, although there is a fair amount of golden blood when some of the gods die; sword battles and fist fights; a god's eyes are taken out, but only a flash of light is shown as his eyes are removed; girl struck with an arrow; a strange-looking beast is decapitated, but there is no red blood visible; woman stabbed without blood shown.
Drugs: The drinking of wine in several scenes.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in a few scenes; shirtless men and men in skirts that show their legs; god and goddess in bed, and he is shirtless and we see her bare shoulders.
Other: This is a fantasy movie about mythological gods, so characters declare comments like, "Hail, Ra!" and "Praise Ra!"; a "Trust in the gods" comment; a man says, "I could care less about gods"; the mention of slaying demons; a comment that good deeds and compassion will lead to the afterlife; a god tells the mortals to worship him or be enslaved; some scary images of creatures with red eyes and frightening faces; a pickpocket steals; death and grief; a battle for the throne and power.


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Alex Proyas
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter