Ben Hur 2010

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Adaptation of the colossal classic. It stars Kristin Kreuk, Ray Winstone, Art Malik and Hugh Bonneville.

Starring:
Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore
Runtime:
3 hours 9 minutes

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Ben Hur

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steve Shill
Starring Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore
Supporting actors Emily Vancamp
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2012
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I watched this over the Christmas period (2011) on TV. If you've seen the Heston version, you'll know the story. But this version has just enough variations to make it interesting. Please watch this without preconceived ideas. It's not the Heston version, but that's not to say it's bad.

The main characters do a commendable job when you consider that the Heston version is a renowned "classic" of the cinema and this version had nothing like the budget of that film.

I thought the confrontational scenes between the main characters were excellent and the major scenes (the lost of the slave-rowed ship at sea and the chariot race) were well done. I particularly liked the opening scenes where the viewer learns (just a little) more of the relationship between Judah and Messala as children.

This version is much nearer to the book's more religious approach to forgiveness than the Heston film, but equally, the meetings (and their results) between Judah and Christ are treated in a far different fashion.

Well worth a watch and, at this price, good value. I've already pre-booked my copy of the DVD for when it's issued (30 Jan 2012)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 1 Jan 2012
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The 2010 mini-series "Ben Hur" isn't bad, as light Friday night entertainment goes. Still, "Ben Hur" without the Christ seems very strange indeed. OK, Jesus isn't entirely absent from the story, but he plays a much less central role than he should (except for 10 minutes at the very end). Instead, Judah Ben Hur seems more interested in harlots. And I don't mean Mary Magdalene, LOL. Some of the actors are superb, others feel bland, and the story doesn't grip the viewer as the movie with Charlton Heston did. Part of me only wants to give this "Ben Hur" two stars, but in the end, I'll nevertheless give it three.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 9 Feb 2012
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I quite enjoy these TV miniseries based on Greek and Roman history and mythology although I seldom feel any compulsion to watch them a second time. As I had occasion to observe in an Amazon review of Hercules, the production values are often quite decent but their Achilles heel (if you'll excuse the classical allusion) is usually the indifferent casting and I found this TV Ben-Hur to be no exception. I had rather high expectations to begin with as I noted that Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame was in the cast and I assumed, wrongly as it turned out, that he would play the aristocratic naval commander Quintus Arrius who adopts Judah Ben-Hur. He actually plays, none too convincingly, a less than aristocratic-sounding Pontius Pilate. But my heart really sank when Arrius made his appearance played by none other than husky-voiced cockney bruiser Ray Winstone mumbling his dialogue and swallowing his glottal stops. It's the most egregious piece of miscasting I've yet seen in one of these miniseries. The rest of the casting is simply ho-hum with hardly a Mediterrranean or semitic-looking face in sight and with nearly all the main protagonists looking and sounding very 21st century British. And the guy playing Jesus has all the charisma of an ageing hippy. In fairness to the actors they have to contend with some clunking dialogue: "There was another set-to at the Joppa gate" and "Are you covetous of my position" being two examples (when the Jewish rebels are having their conflabs you may be reminded more than once of Monty Python's Life of Brian.Read more ›
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By A. M. Killick on 3 May 2014
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As a fan of the orginal Ben Hur, I worried that this would not live up to the original. I was wrong. Joseph Morgan was extremely convincing as Judah Ben Hur, although younger than Heston; his portrayal was both believable and moving. The rest of the cast too shine and for those of you telly addicts out there, many of them are very recognizable. We have Kristin Kreuk as Tirzah (Hur's younger sister), Alex Kingston as Ruth (Hur's mother), Ray Winstone playing Quitus Arius (complete with cockney accent), Ben Cross as Tiberius Caesur and Hugh Bonnerville as Pontius Pilate. Those of you who watch Lost Girl and Revenge (Emily Vancamp) will also notice some stars that you may recognise.
The plot it itself differs a little from the original too, Messala Judah's childhood friend is portrayed a little more sympathetically here as the bastard son of a Roman senator, who is suitably callous towards him. We also get to see Judah and Messala as children, showing the bond that was formed between them.

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When Messala returns as an adult to greet hischildhood friend, he asks for is assistance in keeping order in Judah. Judah Ben Hur, is a Jew and as such his allegeance lies with his people. Nevertheless, he still wishes to keep the peace and help his friend if he can. The problem is that one of his employees is a zealot (a radical Jew) determined to cause a scene when the new Roman Governor arrives. When a tile falls from the roof of Judah's house hitting the senator his fate and those of his family and companions are sealed. Pilate orders him crucified and his mother and sister garotted. His future wife's elderly father is crucified and Judah's sentence is commuted by Messala to life in the gallies.
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