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The Book of Eli

A 2010 American film starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.

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When You Have Denzel Washington You Can Miss A Few Things And Still Hit It Out Of The Park

  • Nov 10, 2010
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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.

Along the way, he demonstrates uncanny survival and fighting skills, hunting for food and quickly defeating a group of hungry and thirsty highway weirdos who try to ambush him. Searching for a source of water, he arrives in a broken down town built and overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie dreams of building more towns and controlling the people by using the power of a certain book, a book that Eli just happens to be carrying. His henchmen scour the desolate landscape daily in search of it, but to no avail. After finally figuring out that Eli has this secret and powerful book Carnegie goes all out to get it and kill whoever is in his way.

First of all, when you have a cast consisting of Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, that's just enough said right there. Two of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen in one movie is too much for words. Oldman is a pure genius when it comes to playing psychotic nuts (The Professional) just for an example. Wshington is no doubt my favorite actor to watch, first of all he becomes the character Eli perfectly and hides his secret as well as the script allowed him to. This guy must have trained like crazy also because the action was great, great hand to hand fight scenes. The film had great action, nice little surprises and best of all a good chase for the blood thirsty money hungry Oldman. For some reason I did not think big of a surprise or good enough for the film to be based off of but at the same time I can understand. what the book actually turns out to be was that what Now you may not find this movie too hard to figure out but still even though the secret may expose itself early the film is just too good to not love. Great cinematography and great characters and I loved every minute of it.

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December 06, 2010
Great review- I also loved Mila Kunis in this and Washington is definitely one of the best actors in Hollywood, proving it once again with Eli. I also found the secret to be an interesting commentary on the history of civilization and how we came to be industrial societies.
December 07, 2010
Thanks so much evoke, I saw this and the whole time I'm thinking to myself damn! denzel is rockin the house lol. I like how you saw the ending because a few of my friends said that the surprise ending wasn't that great and that it actually didn't need it. I just see it in the same nature as the "Zatoichi".
December 07, 2010
Really? I bet it's that they probably called it earlier on in the movie, the name kinda gives it away ;p But, I still enjoyed how the parallel was played and hello?!? Denzel is the man!
December 09, 2010
lmao you're definitely right, Denzel is a beast and yea my friends got it early cause they always have to spoil the flick ... thanks again evoke
December 10, 2010
Damn spoilers LOL...Anytime, K ;p
November 10, 2010
Hey Keith! Nice review. Did you get my response to your inquiry as to how to add your reviews to communities?
November 11, 2010
Yep I certainly did buddy and thanks dude I appreciate it. I had a couple of movies I wanted to add. glad you stopped by dude
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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 . 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 . January 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
All of a sudden I was blinded by a flash, devil of a man with a gun
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.   …
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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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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