A scene from Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Ridley Scott somehow makes the Old Testament quite boring in Exodus: Gods and Kings, a laborious treatment of the story of Moses (Christian Bale) and his tumultuous relationship with Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

There are stretches of the movie that look pretty good, including a massive gator attack that turns a river blood red, and the infamous frog plague that makes things unpleasant in Egypt. As good as some of these things look, however, they often sound really stupid, thanks to a pedestrian screenplay and an ever-wandering Bale accent. There are times when he sounds like straight-up Christian Bale, and others when he inexplicably sounds like an American rabbi from Brooklyn.

Scott can make great movies, but his period epics, including this, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood tend to stink. While he wastes time in this particular sandbox, he’s being taken away from more important matters, like getting the Prometheus and Blade Runner sequels into production and in front of my face. No more historical epics from Ridley Scott, please!

Exodus: Gods and Kings is playing at theaters across the valley.