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Can you imagine? Moses... here on Earth. Right now, living among us as a semi-troubled young adult. Oops - sorry. I meant to write Moises of course. Silly me, but close enough. Right? It was definitely silly of me to even imply that the Moses happened to be living among us. Or was it? For those familiar with the prophet and the biblical teachings, this ones for you. Sort of. You may also find it interesting to know that all the usual suspects, in relation to Moses, make an appearance in this film. Again... sort of. Let me explain.
In "The Law Of Moises" some really strange things are happening in Cairo. Not in Egypt, rather some small any-town with a population of under three thousand. We're talking biblical plagues taking place here. Yet all the namesake of this film wants to do... is get the hell out. Pun intended. As Moises and his posse with the convenient names begin investigating the mysterious plagues, they begin to suspect there's more to their far fetched theories about themselves - and the bible - than they may care to believe. As our narrator Aaron relates his story, we learn that Moises is a man with a slight attitude problem. A man truly only interested in making movies and getting out of his one camel town. Does any of this sound eerily familiar? You may think you know this story - or understand the jist of it - but that doesn't mean you won't find anything new here. Maybe a little familiar? Perhaps. But there's nothing wrong with that at all. The familiar story, regardless of what you may read, is the cornerstone of all things good. Something you take and make your own. This is the thinking behind this film. And it works.
Writer, director Crystal Barnes has crafted a faith based movie - that mostly manages to be accessible by those who don't regularly go to church... so to speak. I'm one of those folks who maybe is a wee bit out of touch with the lord. And boy oh boy - I really do hate writing that for anyone to see. However, my point is this. Although some of the references were a little out of my depth, the context and script made it easy for me to follow along. Even at my most ignorant. Was my ability to enjoy the film hampered? Not at all. "The Law Of Moises" is exactly what it promises on the box. A family friendly adventure anyone can watch. The story makes sense. The occasional comedy works - and it's just a lighthearted adventure most anyone can, and will enjoy.
For the life of me, I can't remember a film with this type of content, not being some form of horror movie. We get the slightly emotionally unbalanced hero. We get most of the plagues... and even an eerie woman! How was this made into a family adventure? How can basing something on the biblical Exodus - become wholesome family entertainment? With a lot of hard work, a good script and some solid production work. That's how. "The Law Of Moises" looks and sounds great. My usual technical write-up feels completely pointless when discussing this film.
That's not to say things are totally perfect - but I could say the same for twenty million dollar movies! So could you I have little doubt. As for the cast portrayals? I'd be lying if I said every line was spot on. There were a few awkward deliveries here and there. But there was so much more goodness, that nit-picking a line or two would quickly become lame. Especially when you consider the content. I can say this. The touching moments more than made up for some seemingly slight overreactions. As did the straight laced deliveries of some outlandish content... such as when our characters play the name game with the resident baddie of the film. It's so unusual it really is downright funny. All in all? The cast all get a thumbs up from me - there's just a few many to individually name names. Whoever did the casting here deserves the shout-out. Well done.
At the end of the day a good film is a good film. "The Law Of Moises" may not be the next Oscar contender, but more than entertaining enough for me to enjoy. For a solid script and excellent production work. For a great cast and a nice pacing. I have no problem awarding a three and a half star review. For being a faith based movie, but not forgetting the rest of us, I am extra grateful. This one is for almost anyone to enjoy. No question about that.
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