First 'Ben-Hur' Trailer: Chariot Racing Is the Only Way to Get Revenge
It's time for another epic where a slave has to take down the Roman empire a notch by getting revenge on someone who betrayed them. Ben-Hur is a new adaptation of the classic novel by Lew Wallace about two brothers who take their rivalry into the arena of chariot-racing. Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) was meant to be a prince, but his brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) betrayed him by accusing Judah of treason. After a bout with slavery, Judah is back, but now the only way to really get vengeance is to take him down in a chariot race so Rome's best can see him stripped of his glory. It's Gladiator, but with more chariots. Watch?
Here's the first trailer for the remake of Ben-Hur from Paramount Pictures:
Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston of "Boardwalk Empire"), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. The new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ also stars Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro (300). Paramount Pictures releases the epic late this summer on August 12th. Interested at all?
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
Should have made it a Netflix Original...cant see myself actually going to the theater to see this
Trey on Mar 30, 2016
I doubt Netflix wants to invite this kind of controversy to their hip rep.
Viperswhip on Jul 8, 2016
The unfortunate thing here is the fact that the main appeal with the 50s iteration of Ben Hur was the spectacle of the chariot race. Its a fine movie overall, but that race is THE scene you have to see. Its still surprisingly amazing and thrilling. Usually reboots like this are supposed are justified because with updated special effects the spectacle will be even more compelling and amazing--theoretically. IE a remake of Ben Hur could have an even MORE amazing chariot scene, but from the looks of this trailer, even with CGI and better cameras and overall better special effects and visual quality, this race doesnt even surpass the excitement of the one filmed 60 years ago. Pretty depressing.
jay on Mar 30, 2016
Didn't much liked the original so I'm not very much excited about this one, either. But I am fascinated by the fact that someone is ready to remake just about everything. I guess the porn production is the limit. For now ...
shiboleth on Mar 30, 2016
you didn't like the original???????????? dammit that's disappointing!
ari smulders on Mar 31, 2016
Oh come on Ari, don't worry. I liked the cinema in it, I truly did. And I agree with you, it's a great piece of movie history. The race is also timeless (and I am not planning to spoil it with this cgi rubbish) but I was very disappointed by religious overtones in it. So, for the sake of cinematic experience, it was great, but narrative left me a bit unsatisfied. It's my own idiosyncrasy. I consider movies a profane and modernistic art (and industry at the same time) and it's my conviction that movies should not interfere with religious morale ... Like I said, that is not everybody's cup of tea and I am ready to take the criticism ...
shiboleth on Mar 31, 2016
Yes you have a point but i like the Jesus story in it and i like by the way movies who have a religious tone to it. The omen, the exorcist etc. It's let's me think about life...
ari smulders on Apr 1, 2016
Hm, to some extent, you have shown there's also the point to what you say. I liked those movies too, but never really accepted that religious part. I am different in that respect, I like those movie narratives which make me think not through religion but mostly through more profane ideas. And when I think of it, they can be also about the religion. Good point Ari, stay cool ...
shiboleth on Apr 1, 2016
Fast and Chariotous? or... Chariot and Furious?
wylles on Mar 30, 2016
You know, I really love the fact that CGI has gotten to the point where unbelievable scenes become at least semi-believable but I sure wish that these studios would stop relying on too much CGI. These movies are basically animated. They really only work in the darkness of space. Bring back the awesome set pieces like they used, for example, in the Heston version of Ben Hur. I realize that might be more practical to use CGI but how much difference is there in using one or the other? The old movies with the grand sets were expensive for their times but these new CGI monstrosities are hugely expensive so is it really that big of a stretch to do it the old fashioned way?
KLD on Mar 30, 2016
on the spot you are...
ari smulders on Mar 31, 2016
Chris Nolan is that you?
bumboclot on Mar 31, 2016
Shhhh... don't tell anyone.
KLD on May 10, 2016
I agree with your stance, but if I'm not mistaken: CGI monstrosities are actually way cheaper than building, scheduling, renting,... set-monstrosities.
Snev De la Fontaine on Apr 1, 2016
DAVIDPD on Mar 30, 2016
Are you not entertained!?!
redtie on Mar 30, 2016
This doesn't look bad, but it depends if's the cgi is perfect otherwise it has no way competing with the original. The original is in my top ten story wise and the chariot battle is epic. I watched it in 70 mm at the cinema in my younger days, and i think it sparked my love for movies...
ari smulders on Mar 31, 2016
This looks absolutely horrendous. When they can't find one scene where the actors are no better than a soap opera, you KNOW it's gonna suck. This might do it for some teenagers, but even Morgan Freeman and his hip dreads can't save this turd.
Charles Knowlton on Mar 31, 2016
I love a Roman epic - but what's with the Batman voice?
Steven on Mar 31, 2016
Wow. Not a fan of this trailer. That "GO! GO! GO!" part was the most acting that Morgan Freeman (this time disguised as Whoopi Goldberg) has done in 2 decades. The rest of the time, he still thinks he's doing voice parts for commercials.
Movie Bear on Mar 31, 2016
It was so bad, I could not finish it.
Have Hope on Mar 31, 2016
There was not a single shot in this trailer that made me want to choose watching this 21st century attempt in a theater over my bought-and-paid-for DVD copy of the Heston version at home.
Edward Curtis on Mar 31, 2016
I liked it! I'm watching it! Don't judge me!
Huck PS on Apr 2, 2016
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