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Plot: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 15 Jan 2010
I only write reviews for movies that I really hate or really love, and "The Book of Eli" definitely falls into the latter category. It's an intriguing tale about a man in post-apocalyptic America walking west to deliver an initially unnamed book. The fact that he's been doing so under the most bleak of circumstances for 30 years is a testament to his strong faith and determination to complete the task. The movie has a good amount of action...Eli can handle himself and takes down any of the deranged lunatics who try to get in his way in crowd pleasing fashion. The core of the <more>
movie occurs when he stops at a small town ruled by Gary Oldman's evil character and his merciless motorcycle riding thugs. The ensuing confrontation is yet another test of Eli's faith. The movie contains a surprise ending that will make you say, "WTF"??? and is absolutely impossible, but makes you think back over the entire film and want to watch it again. Denzel Washington, as Eli, is outstanding and he exhibits the amazing charisma he brings to all of his roles. The movie is well cast, and it was great seeing the fine Jennifer Beals "Flashdance" on the big screen again. The Hughes Brothers are excellent directors, and I love the diversity of their body of work, from "Menace to Society" to "From Hell". This is a movie that I will be seeing again.
Going into this movie I expected just some great fight scenes and Fallout 3 scenery. This movie from beginning to end held my attention and kept me wondering what and why all the way until the end. I take pride in my ability to see foreshadowing, but this movie did it so well that I got shivers at the end. The fight scenes and battles were creatively done, and the acting allowed the story to continue flawlessly. Those who said that these actors would not fit right in this movie were wrong, every actor had a real character and executed the script perfectly. The production value was high, every <more>
scene I believed existed and not just a CGI drawn background with fake lighting.I recommend this movie to people who are use to the normal story, and have not been surprised in a movie in a long time. I recommend this movie to anyone who has played Fallout 3. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a good movie, and escape Avatar's amazing, but huge shadow.
I do not write movie reviews professionally, but I think those that do really need to re-evaluate how the rate movies.... At the end of the day, the true measure of a movie to me is whether I enjoy it or not. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I didn't see any good reviews on this movie before I went to see it, but despite what the "professionals" said, I went to see the film anyway. In a setting 30 years past a nuclear war never stated whether it was or not, but hinted as such , a man is traveling because a divine spirit told him to. He is traveling to deliver a book somewhere to <more>
help restart civilization - as opposed to the existence most are seen to be living in the movie. It tracks some of the things he encounters along the way and things he is forced to do to survive. He avoids what he can, but acts when circumstances require action. Whether some of the scenes could really happen or not is irrelevant; that's why it is called a MOVIE rather than real-life events. Denzel Washington portrays a character that is given a mission to accomplish under extremely austere conditions, and does so in a fashion that embodies what parents tell their children -- if you apply yourself, you can accomplish anything. Great job in a difficult role!!
A Nutshell Review: The Book of Eli (by DICK STEEL)
You might be jaded already with a number of big budgeted science fiction films that are set after some apocalyptic disaster that wiped out most of humankind, and having the protagonist become some sole, lonely survivor up against others who have banded together for worse, and without law and order and faced with severely limited resources to survive, cannibalism in a wild wild west environment becomes the order of the day, with those having weapons commanding over those who don't, and a clean bed, warm food, women and clean water are precious, tradable commodities.I assure you that The <more>
Book of Eli, despite what so many others have said, remain refreshing, with Denzel Washington in a charismatic starring role opposite Gary Oldman back to his villainous best, both being top draws in the film. Written by Gary Whitta who had fused key religious elements into science fiction, his effort triumphs against recent others such as Legion, and gets a better execution by the Hughes Brothers Albert and Allen who are sorely missed since their last film From Hell some 9 years ago, a film I enjoyed despite the butchery here , bringing back their signature way of telling a tale through dark, brooding atmospheres. The first few minutes of the film which introduces Washington's Eli, is nothing short of brilliance relying solely on his enigmatic, silent presence, clearly surpassing that of Will Smith's turn in I Am Legend.Washington's Eli is what carries the film, a man fixated in his sole mission for some 30 years already, doing so based on one word - faith and a vision and instruction given unto him. He's the modern day missionary, executing his god-given task without question, believing that he fulfills his calling with as little fuss as possible. He truly believes that he's being protected from harm, and of course that also meant through the use of a shotgun, pistol and one hack of a machete pardon the pun and intentional misspelling , dispatching bandits like spreading butter on warm toast. As such he's indestructible almost, giving himself some reputation into a small town he wanders into, especially when he has in him a possession of the titular book that seems to hold the hope to mankind's salvation.And Gary Oldman's Carnegie is the anti-thesis to Eli the messenger. For Carnegie, possession of the book is key for his power consolidation, because being able to influence the weak, the desperate and those in despair, would translate to loyal obedience. And in some ways this is quite true, in the way the power and influence religion has over the masses. In fact, Carnegie's explanation to Eli on the need for the book, is something which you'll find hard to dispute about, because even if one aspires to be a false prophet, one will require firstly the scriptures from which to twist from, since groping verses from the air just doesn't cut it even to the simple minded.As seen in films like There Will Be Blood, false prophets are abound, and this is one of the stronger aspects of the film blatantly made so explicit. You cannot help but to think about the same concept in today's context, where one's perceived knowledge and ability would bring about tremendous power and followers because of the seeding of hope and salvation in one's mind, and top marks given if one can influentially enslave the mindsets of desperate others through faith, something which Eli also has problems trying to explain to his new follower of sorts, Solara Mila Kunis .For action junkies, you'll not be left out by the handful of battle sequences, where the hand to hand combat scenes have Washington showing off what he had learnt from a student of Bruce Lee, and reportedly doing so without the use of a stunt double. And if slicing and dicing opponents in close quarter combat is not your cup of team, there are also those which are laden with gun fights that just rip everything apart in their way, although I prefer the more elegant alternative of the use of the bow and arrows, with the Hughes Brothers knowing a thing or two about shooting proper action sequences that you can actually follow comfortably.Testosterone-laden action aside, In some ways the film also touches upon the importance of culture, without which we're reduced to nothing but savages, knowledge being buried in books and encyclopedias that no longer exist save for those still in collective memory. The final act, together with its sucker punch makes it all the more satisfying and poignant even, giving you compelling reason to want to watch this a second time with that little bit of background knowledge to observe performance and nuances that had probably gone unnoticed. That said, there are still a minor loophole here and there, but as Eli puts it, it's accredited to nothing more than faith. Highly recommended!
This tale is one of a kind. I love the cinematography, acting, lighting, music, and sound. Watching the trailer i though it may be just another action film with no substance, boy was i wrong. Throughout the years Christianity has been skewed and manipulated to control the masses. This film demonstrates the good in spirituality in sharp contrast to the bad. Classic light against dark.And it delivers on the action. One fight scene shot is contrast had me jumping out of my seat. This is just good film making. The Color dazzled my eyes. The sound sent shivers down my spine.This film does not <more>
preach, and is an eerie warning of our future. We are the stewards of the earth and need to take responsibility for the people around us. Help others more than yourself. The lessons of the bible can be taken in may ways, Choose to take what is good and disregard the rest.Bottom line, this film is masterfully shot. Solid cast that you really become invested in. Beautiful! Definably an Epic of Biblical Proportions.
A Fantastic Film with a great message (by theHAMster999)
Almost perfect. A so so script is covered up by a great story and stellar acting. The movie is mysterious and leaves you to do a lot of thinking. It leaves you to discover things on your own. Something that recent movies do not seem to do. They seem to think we are slow and point out every plot point right in front of us. The acting is great. When has Denzel not been great in his role. The movie can suck but it will still be entertaining just because of him. Gary Oldman finally gets to be bad guy after being our favorite from the Batman films and Harry Potter. He does great in this role and <more>
helps us make ourselves hate him. Mila Kunis does well but she doesn't do anything to special. The weakest part of the movie is probably her walking away into the sunset. They tried to make it a cool ending setting it up for a sequel but I just heard myself saying, "Who cares about you?". The movie puts us into a new world a world after a nuclear war and the movie puts many things into perspective. Things we take for granted we start to care about more and understand how important it is and how much we need it. Maybe I am biased because I am a Christian and maybe you are biased against the movie because you are not. It delivers a great Christian message but hides it in an awesome action movie that the rest of the public can also watch and enjoy. That is what is so great about it. If you are not a Christian and take out the message it is still an awesome action movie with cool explosions and fun performances and maybe it becomes a 7 instead of a 9 but I loved this movie. I hope this review helped if you would like to talk to me about the review send me an email at [email protected] or send me a message on IMDb. Thanks.
Not just another post-apocalyptic thriller. (by ValianceInEnd)
Upon first viewing the trailer I was immediately giddy to see a new post-apocalyptic film in the vein of The Road Warrior. Being a fan of the genre, one must get used to the repetitive "lone wanderer" theme so prominently used. I figured this film would go through the same formula, but prepared to enjoy myself.Yes it did use the lone wanderer as a driving plot device, and yes it did bring the arbitrary twist. Yes all the survivors are short on t-shirts, but live in a wealth of leather and goggles. Yes everything in this film looks like and feels like a typical post-apocalyptia. But <more>
the substance of the story is far more powerful then I could ever have expected.Without giving away too much, yes the film is essentially a Christian metaphor. Eli seems to be protected by some mysterious force, guided by "God" to head west. But it's what the meaning behind this admittedly bizarre plot that makes this film so great. It truly is a film about faith and believing in one's self. Using the dreary post-apocalyptic backdrop, the film is able to contrast this powerful message with the harsh landscape. Even amidst such despair, one can rise and accomplish anything. In a world slowly becoming apocalyptic itself, this message is much welcomed.The other aspects lending to the power of The Book of Eli are its technical aspects. The cinematography is simply beautiful. Moody slo-mo shots abound with wonderfully toned colors. Everything looks dark and dead, the sun beating down endlessly on the dusty dunes. The soundtrack adds immensely to this feeling, using soft ambient chords and blasting action-scene drums when necessary. Overall The Book of Eli is an excellent film itself and an excellent spin on the post-apocalyptic genre. Oh yeah, and Denzel Washington actually manages to pull off the part of a wizened, old bad ass.
The Road Warrior + Zatoichi The Book Of Eli... (by grindhouse74)
Apocolyptic movies are coming back in a big way over the past couple of years from I Am Legend, 2012, The Road and now The Book Of Eli and what a great apocalyptic movie Eli is, Denzel Washington knows how to pick a good script, the man rarely puts a foot wrong, and with a chance to work with The Hughes Brothers who have been absent for some time now, The Brothers are back with there best film so far... So what we have is Eli with the last Bible on earth and he's travelling to a place where civilisation can start again and also to bring back some order to a world that has been ravaged by <more>
some type of global war its hinted that it could be some type of religious war? we also have Gary Oldmans character on bad guy duty again who wants the book as well for his own personal gain and agenda.. The look of the film works really well, the colours have been drained and it really captures the world in a complete mess with the help of some really cool FX.. The film delivers on the action stakes as well with some very well choreographed brutal fights and inventive shootouts. And Denzels Eli is a cross between Mad Max in the Road Warrior and Zatoichi, we have this lone warrior on a mission from God and no one is going to stand in his way..This is one of the best Apocolyptic movies out there, so if you get the chance, check it out..
Denzel carried this out without a hitch. I am never disappointed with seeing him in action. I think he is one of the best actors and brought this movie to life. The plot was quite interesting as well, for me the movie had a philosophical message that can be interpreted as spiritual yet satirical at the same time. Satirical in the way it identified the role of the bible in today's society. It also highlights the power of the spoken and written words in combination with faith in times of crisis. I definitely suggest watching it! 2 thumbs up! This film carries a certain character that is <more>
sometimes lacking in Hollywood films. It seems to be a combination of Western, action, drama etc all combined in a futuristic yet historical way. I went to watch it with a friend and we were both enthralled and inspired by Eli. A must watch for movie goers!