The American film Ben-Hur is the fifth adaptation of the 1880 novel 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ', by Lew Wallace and the film features Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer and Rodrigo Santoro in the main cast. Timur Bekmambetov has directed this film.
The story happens in the period of Jesus Christ. Judah Ben-Hur is a noble man and lives in Rome. He is accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala out of sheer jealous. Ben-Hur gets arrested by the Roman soldiers and sent as a slave to work in a ship. Normally no slave will come out alive after this punishment but Ben-Hur escapes from that place after five years to take revenge on his friend. What happens after that and whether he is able to succeed in punishing his friend forms the crux of the story.
In all the previous editions, the chariot chase sequence was the awesome factor but director Timur fails to maintain the same momentum in his new film even with the latest CGI developments. Be it the editing, the graphics and the music, Ben-Hur fails to impress the viewers as their expectations seem to be in a higher level.
Jack Huston has lived up to his character and has done his best to prove his acting skills. The scenes that are involving Jesus Christ and Ben-Hur adds strength to the streamline of the story and the audience get themselves involved with such emotional sequences. Other than this, Ben-Hur lacks many of the interesting elements of the previous editions and gives a big disappointment to the movie buffs.