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The Book of Eli

A 2010 American film starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.

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All of a sudden I was blinded by a flash, devil of a man with a gun

  • Jan 30, 2010
Years ago, the educated in the church were the only ones who could read scripture and keep themselves in power and the world stupid.  The ones in power who are lacking benevolance are in danger of ignoring Santiago's most famous maxim, the one about those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.  So sets into motion The Book Of Eli, a fantastic post apocolyptic western movie where a lone traveller heads west on a quest of faith with an important piece of cargo to take home.

The traveller is Denzel Washington, a man of unquestionable faith and determination.  He won't take advantage of you, his integrity keeps his vision clear from deviation and if you dare cross him, say your prayers as he is unstopable in a fight, almost as if angels were over his shoulder.  Walking across a wasteland in the not too distant future, the world has fallen into peril with dust and dirt filling the landscape, water is scarce and people struggle to get by.  Very few are learned and most everyone is violent and untrustworthy. Some say the state of the world was caused by an act of God, others say it was a nuclear war since very few are alive from those days.  One thing is certain-The Bible is blamed and most were burned in the aftermath.  Denzel has one-and the leader of a Hooverville that Denzel stops in, Gary Oldman wants one to learn it's secrets and use it to grab a bigger stranglehold over his towns inhabitants and spread his influence.  Gary Oldman is reading every book he can get a hold of, and it reflects in his early attempts to take Denzel into his wing.

The movie looks fantastic, it's dusty and metallic almost as if it was filmed with a sepia filter at distances and up close with the skin tones put back in.  The wasteland trappings are spared the normal "loonies rule the roost" decor by having people wearing real clothes and wielding realistic tools or guns instead of having the guns made out of tin cans or car parts or having it's characters wearing silly things on their bodies like orange cones or scrap iron.  Even though there is some minor product placement in the movie, it's mainly a message that this movie doesn't take place that far in the future and some people know what the world was like before.

The action is fast and furious.  There isn't as much as you think but whats there counts and whats there is graphic, so take that R rating into account.

Performances are also great.  Denzel continues to make another hit and he has yet to turn in a stinker.  Gary Oldman oozes charismatic evil dripping with syrupy sweet nasty, and Mila Kunis is also wonderful as a young woman who needs to get away from Oldman's controll.  Oldman's gang of toughs while stereotyped tough guys could have been worse.

I don't want to give anything away but the ending of the movie left me with a wonderful feeling, a great piece of character development that would have been nice to see a little more of and a delicous piece of turned tables and humiliation that is one of the finest pieces of cummupance ever.  The movie also left me with a strange feeling harkening back to what I stated earliar about repeating past mistakes from not learning by them.  I only hope and prey that whatever circumstances befell the people of this movie, they are smarter next time.
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December 10, 2010
I still need to open this and watch it, great review.
February 01, 2010
Sounds fantastic. Your glowing review is all the more reason to see it. Thanks for sharing, John!
February 01, 2010
Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. THIS is the movie that should be garnering attention and not Avatar. I plan on seeing Avatar tommorrow. A movie of action and substance vs a CGI smorgasboard with anvil dropping. I'll make my final judgement tommorrow.
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review by . January 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
3 ½ + Stars:
At first impression from its trailer, the Hughes Brothers’ (From Hell) post-apocalyptic action drama “The Book of Eli” appears to be a film that borrows heavily from other movies such as “Water World” and “Mad Max”. Such movies have their plots revolving around survival and/or the search for a natural resource. This film does have the post apocalyptic theme going for it, but the ’resource’ that humankind is searching for isn’t oil, water …
review by . November 10, 2010
The Book of Eli was a highly anticipated film for me and although some of my friends had their issues I loved it. This isn't a perfect movie but it was a damn good one. Anywho, here goes the synopsis, In 2042, thirty years after an apocalyptic event, Eli (Denzel Washington) travels on foot toward the west coast of the United States. He keeps very little on him, somehow he has a working ipod, sunglasses, and a heavy arsenal that makes him one the deadliest men still alive.      …
review by . December 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****      Out of all those apocalyptic action films of the new generation, "The Book of Eli" is one of the better, yet imperfect ones. I can't guarantee that many will be able to forgive its visual bleakness and pretentious story-telling, but there's something about this film that makes it fun. Sure, it's a flawed apocalyptic tale without depth and devoid of power. But it's also fun, especially when there are action sequences. These little …
review by . May 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Don't let the first 30 minutes or so of The Book of Eli fool you - it comes off as a bleak and moody mix of other post-apocalyptic stories like Mad Max and The Road, but by the time the credits roll you'll see the heart that beats beneath this cracked skin.      There's a lot of story to uncover in The Book of Eli, more than I initially expected, and the themes and ideas expressed here surprised me. In a very good way.      Denzel Washington pulls …
review by . January 18, 2010
Kicking Butt After the Age of 50
A quick visit to Wikipedia and I discover that Mr. Gary Oldman is starting to live up to his namesake. No offense, of course, to those over the nice round age of 50. In fact, take it as a compliment. It means that at the age of 51 you can still intimidate the heck out of us younger-folk. That is, if you are anything like Gary Oldman. Even past his 50s he remains one of the most unnerving personas to hit the screen. And boy does he rattle the nerves in The Book of Eli.      Another …
review by . January 26, 2011
Pros: Washington & Oldman     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "Not At This Time In My Life  How Can I Hear Your Call In This Windy Night"  ~Houston Calls       It has been a while since the Hughes brothers, Albert & Allen, have offered us a project, but joining with writer Gary Whitta, they have given us The Book of Eli.  It is rated R for language and violence and has been nominated, …
review by . February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
      Real short:  watch it if you get a chance. Slightly longer: The Story of the Christ meets Mad Max The Road Warrior. And just a bit longer: Fans of post apocalyptic scenery will love the devastation. Fans who have been clamoring for post apocalyptic tales with more of a Christian message will enjoy the message. Fight scenes - pretty darned good.  Acting - pretty darned good.  Cinematography and musical score - pretty darned good (I'm a pushover …
Quick Tip by . December 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good grief, this was dull. I enjoy a well-done post-apocalyptic film and that sub-genre has a long and interesting history. However, this film adds nothing to it and its insufferable and hypocritical message was annoying as could be. The strange twist near the end also made the film completely unbelievable as well as meandering. The only positive things I can say about it is that the camera work is quite good and Denzel Washington delivers an okay performance.
review by . September 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of Denzels coolest flicks yet.
Just when you thought you've seen it all (post-apocalyptic movies) comes The Book of Eli. This movie takes place a few years after a war destroys most of America. The main Character Eli is in the possession of what seems to be the last bible on earth. There is something about this movie, it just pulls you in and your instantly hooked. Denzels acting was phenominal and after all these years he's still got it. The story seemed odd but it was enough to keep you intrested. I loved the twist …
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
Wanderer after the apocalypse travels across the US with an important parcel to take to the west. Great action movie.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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The Book of Eli is a 2010 American film starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.  It was directed by Albert and Allen Hughes and written by Gary Whitta.  The film was released on January 15th 2010.

Based in post-apocalyptic 2043, The Book of Eli follows the life of one man (Washington) who in his posses ion holds the last bible on Earth.

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: January 15, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Gary Whitta
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Alcon Entertainment, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures, Columbia Pictures
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