#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A Jewish nobleman, Judah Ben-Hur, and his adopted Roman brother Messala are best friends despite their different origins. Messala enlists in the Roman army and fights in the Roman Empire’s wars in Germany. Ben-Hur also develops feelings for the family slave Esther although their different station in life compels him not to pursue her. But when her father Simonides seeks to marry her off to a Roman, Ben-Hur declares his love for her and takes her as his wife. Three years later, Messala returns as a decorated Roman officer. His return coincides with a rising insurrection by the Zealots, Jews who are opposed to the oppressive nature of Roman rule..
Plot: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
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Last time I watched the Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston the thought did not cross my mind that perhaps the world needed another version of the story directed by the guy who brought us Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and that weird movie where they make bullets bend.
Anyway, the Heston version is one of my favorite movies. I saw it when I was 8 and two times when I was about 20. I love it and quote it all the time.
But this is not a review of that version because (surprise!) it is not that version. This is a review of the 2016 version and I don’t feel it is fair to give this movie a bad rating simply because it was an unnecessary remake. In case you are wondering, this is the sixth version of Ben-Hur.
The story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince in Jerusalem at the time of Christ, and his adopted Roman brother Massala. They love each other but they get in the middle of an attempted assassination on a Roman leader and wind up on opposing sides. They both feel they are in the right, get in a very sticky situation, and thus begins an 5 year journey of survival, revenge, forgiveness.
I liked the movie. The chariot race was thrilling. I was worried about it because the trailer showed a scene which an obvious CGI horse running through the stands. To my delight that was the only part that really used a CGI horse (that I could tell, anyway). The rest of the race was intense even though I already knew how it was going to end.
The movie focuses very heavily on the relationship between Massala and Judah as well as Massala and the rest of the Hur family. Massala’s intentions and actions were understandable and he wasn’t just some evil man who betrayed his family.
The main actors and actresses do a good (not great) job. I felt Morgan Freeman may have phoned it in a little, but he delivered one of my favorite lines of the movie. My favorite actors were the slave drivers on the galley along with the drummer. They have small roles but I loved them.
I didn’t care for the Jesus scenes though. He is a hard character to portray, and I just didn’t like it when he spoke. I’m probably picky, but I would have preferred to hear him speak in King James English or not at all (like in the Heston version). I just felt something was off with the scenes and they could have been more powerful.
Overall, I felt it was a pretty good movie that succeeds in many aspects chiefly with the themes of revenge/forgiveness and delivers one exciting race. It’s not perfect but a good movie overall.
As with most major productions, “Ben-Hur (2016)” gets an extra star for production value.
Bad camera, unlikable characters, ugly costumes, this film has it all.
Early on the two brothers are introduced, who will have their biblical vendetta throughout this movie. Clearly the adopted one is supposed to be the bad guy, while the viewer is encouraged to root for the Jew. But questionable decision making of the ‘hero’ paired with the comical anti-Semitism which permeates America is going to bring the audience over to the side of the scarred underdog, whose name is not in the title.
This movie would have been great, if it had ended with the arrest of the rich fool, who harbored a fanatic in his home and didn’t even have the good sense to guard him, or the variety of weapons he kept in open display.
Unfortunately it goes on and on, and no doubt “Ben-Hur” will learn a thing or two about life, love and combat during the 2 hours ordeal. But will that count as character development, and will it sway your favor back to him when he finally mounts his cart and races his brother for the final time? I don’t know, you watch this drivel, and you decide.
26 November 2016
I am migrating my reviews from a different site which has become simply garbage. TMDB looks awesome and I look forward to be a part of it.
And the Oscar for the greatest screw up in a motion picture
What a dreadful effort, it took a lot of creativity for this film to be this bad. The frustrating thing they didn’t even have to take a chance, the book is over a 150 years old, there was a blockbuster stage show and 2 blockbuster films, all they had to do was minorly tweak the original book, or use one of the smash-hit films as a guide. I venture to say Ben Hur is one of our great stories, it has everything, love, spectacle, honour, adventure, redemption, meaning, a moral, and even a miracle’ where could you go wrong. But wrong they went and I was never so angry and disappointed at a film and it was all down to ineptitude and pure genius at incompetence I mean how could anyone spend 100 million on Ben Hur and get it so wrong, the mind boggles. I give it 4 stars as the 2 great iconic scenes of which we all know, the Naval battle and the Chariot race were quite good. But the story around those events, the iconic Ben Hur story was complete and utter motiveless drivel.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min), 1 hr 54 min (114 min) (mainland china) (China)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Writer Lew Wallace, Keith R. Clarke, John Ridley
Actors Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa (Digital)
Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate), EFilm (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format D-Cinema (also 3-D version)