Ben-Hur is the fifth adaption of the 1880 Christian novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ by Lew Wallace. Of course, the most well known is the Academy Award winning 1959 film directed by William Wyler and staring Charlton Heston.
This film is produced by Mark Burnett (producer of The Bible miniseries), directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and starring Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer, Rodrigo Santoro, and others.
I will not go into plot details like I usually do. The plot is thick and while it cuts out, sums up, or alters several points from the novel to make the movie less time consuming.
I have heard some hardcore fans of the original denounce this version and others praise it. Honestly, except for the main conflict between Ben-Hur and Messala, the movie is so different it cannot truly be compared.
It is different in a good way, however. The way they summed up events did not make the film feel rushed in any way, shape, or form. It had stunning visual effects, cinematography, plot, and acting. It also chooses a different kind of tragic ending over the other.
Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are determined to give Christians good cinema and they have been very successful thus far. Of course, it is a different day and unlike the 1959 film, this one will not even get a nod despite how good it is.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Are we having fun now, brother?
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence
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