Ten Commandments, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Epic and effective retelling of the Exodus story using 3-D computer-generated imagery animation and narration by Sir Ben Kingsley to show how Moses (voice of Christian Slater), in obedience to the call of God (Elliott Gould) and with the support of his brother, Aaron (Christopher Gaze), and sister, Miriam (Kathleen Barr), put an end to Israel's enslavement under the Egyptian Pharaoh (Alfred Molina) and, despite the opposition of a clique of complainers, headed by Dathan (Lee Tockar), led God's people into the desert -- where they received his law -- and on to the threshold of the Promised Land. Directors Bill Boyce and John Stronach's film, though occasionally stiff in both action and tone, nonetheless provides a reasonably good introduction to a vital piece of biblical history for children, also serving as a pleasant refresher course for the adults who accompany them. Some images may be mildly frightening for very young children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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