Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Black D’Elia, Ayelet Zurer, Haluk Bilginer, Moises Arias, Marwan Kenzari and James Cosmo
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Producer: Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel, Duncan Henderson and Joni Levin
Writer: Keith Clarke and John Ridley
Claps: Performances, and Chariot Race
Slaps: Fails to be even close to the classic!
What's New: Nothing
Plot: Judah Ben-Hur, a nobleman, is falsely accused of treason by his adoptive brother Messala. He survives years of slavery under the Romans and attempts to get revenge by challenging Messala to a grand chariot race.
Performances: That none of the characters will leave a strong impression in your mind is a fault of the script. But both Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell steal the show with their act.
No matter how hard you try to love Kebell's Messala, he would make you hate him till the very end.
Frankly, Morgan Freeman is a waste. There's nothing special about his character that would make it worth being fit for Freeman!
Naznin Boniadi is the eye candy here as Esther.
Direction: If the comparisons with the 1959 classic are kept aside, then this one is indeed a compelling drama that will keep you hooked till the very end!
Timur Bekmambetov wastes no time and keeps it fast-paced. However, it is also this quality of the flick that, at times, makes the movie emotionally stunted. Before you can feel the betrayal or the pain of Judah's slavery- the movie is already treading on some other path.
Having said that, this mediocre remake has its own charm; but is yet no where close to the classic or has any potential of being one itself!
Overall, this one's a one-time-watch only for the final chariot race!
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Action + Mythology
Verdict: Even though 'Ben-Hur' is a genuine attempt at remaking a classic, it fails! Hence, we give the movie SLAPS.