BEN-HUR (2016) REVIEWED
“Ben-Hur” is staged for a third time. Things happen, audiences don’t show up and Morgan Freeman records his ADR from his country home. All of this transpired in August 2016 and now we’re in December trying to take a second stab at the film. What good can be torn from this film? Rodrigo Santoro made for an excellent Jesus Christ? The action sequences were inspired, but failed to live up to its classic predecessor.
Somewhere, somehow…I want to imagine that the Monty Burns’ version of “Ben-Hur” still exists. While that was a vanity project, it seemed to compress the original Lew Wallace novel into a working film. Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell could’ve headlined an amazing adaptation of “Ben-Hur”. But, Kebbell could’ve been an amazing Doctor Doom. Some things just aren’t in the cards.
The epic scope of “Ben-Hur” only worked when the film was breaking cinematic milestones and just hammering audiences with complete overload. The hardcore film fans will remember the lepers, but poll random viewers with a working knowledge of the film. They remember the revenge plot, the chariot race and that booming score. None of that exists here, so why expect audiences to keep up with this release?
- Music Videos
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 12/13/16
- Video - 96%96%
- Audio - 96%96%
- Supplemental Material - 91%91%
- Film Score - 63%63%
The Plot Thus Far
Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.