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Ben-Hur – Spectacular, Action-Packed Movie

Reviewed by on Aug 22, 2016
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Ben-Hur is the epic story that follows Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. Read Gerry Os KIDS FIRST movie review on Kidzworld!

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14 

Ben-Hur Video Movie Review


The famous story of Ben-Hur has been done in film multiple times throughout the years, but none has reached this level of excitement and beautiful special effects. And none has ever been this action packed and intense.

Ben-Hur will certainly appeal to action genre fans, but it has so much more to offer. Along with multiple dangerous adventures comes strong love story, drama and history, which keeps you excited but surprised by events that unfold in front of your eyes. 

Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman plays IlderimJack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman plays IlderimCourtesy of Paramount Pictures

The film starts when Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is accused of attempting to assassinate a Roman Leader. His adopted brother convinces him and his family about the worst punishments available. His family meets a mysterious fate that leaves him guessing about them for years. Judah is sentenced to life as a galley slave (a person that rows Roman ships). He barely survives this terrible punishment for six years before escaping. Back on land, he trains to take revenge on his brother in a place with no law - the dangerous, yet exciting sport of chariot racing!

Judah Ben-Hur riding the chariotJudah Ben-Hur riding the chariotCourtesy of Paramount Pictures

Although the plot seems confusing, it actually is easy to follow. Towards the beginning it may be a bit confusing, but by ten minutes into the film pieces snap into place. This film not only packs a lot of action, but it is also very historical and truly makes it look as if we are watching these scenes take place in ancient Rome and Jerusalem from the boats, to warfare, to their attire. Throughout the film, I felt transported back 2000 years to the large Roman Empire. Most of the special effects portray the chariot racing and the outcome is nothing short of spectacular, detailed and very realistic. It is exciting and intense, but also easy to follow. The acting in this film exceeded my expectations with many known actors such as Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman (Ilderim), but the entire cast delivers spectacular performances and really make their characters come to life and shine, as well as make the viewer think they actually are seeing life 2000 years ago.

Judah and EstherJudah and EstherCourtesy of Paramount Pictures

My favorite scene is the galley slave scenes. In a way, these are also my least favorite scenes because it shows how terrible Romans treated these slaves. In one scene, you see Judah changing over the six years from a handsome and healthy prince to a depressed, skinny and beaten slave. Another factor of these scenes that impressed me were the visual effects. Judah escapes when the ship sinks in a battle. The scene is very dramatic, scary and intense. It is full of action and everything from soundtrack to acting makes it a heart-thumping moment. 

Ben-Hur is intense with many adult references, but the mature aspect that concerns me most is the gore. Since this takes place in Ancient Rome, there are many violent acts that are unsuitable for young children. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The acting, special effects and soundtrack are all fantastic but the story is slightly confusing at the beginning which makes it a bit annoying for the viewer.

Ben-Hur Movie Rating:4

Ben-Hur Movie PosterBen-Hur Movie PosterCourtesy of Paramount Pictures

Ben-Hur is in theaters now!

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