Review;Book of Eli

2010 is only fifteen days old and already Hollywood is promising us the first “Must see” of the movie going year with The Book of Eli.  And boy oh boy did they bring out the big guns.  Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman staring together in a post apocalyptic adventure… you’re paying attention now, ain’t you…


In The Book of Eli, the Hughes brothers (Albert and Allen) bring us a post apocalyptic “Western” about a man named Eli (Denzel Washington) wandering on “the road” on a very important mission.  Along the way, he comes across a tyrannical warlord, Carnegie (Gary Oldman), with every intention of seeing to it that Eli never completes his task. [We are well aware of the fact that we are being rather vague as to what the movie is about.  Trust us; it is for your own benefit.]


With trailers featuring a sword wielding Denzel, Book of Eli sells itself as a hardcore action movie with something more to it.  But lots of movies promise such things only to fall very short (and end up wore than they might have been if they had taken themselves a little less seriously).  Does Book of Eli fall short is the question…


The Good…


-          This should come to none of you a shock, but once again Denzel Washington delivers yet another stellar performance. But of course he did… he is, after all, this era’s greatest actor.  But what might come to some of you out there as a shock (though after Man on Fire and Training Day I have no idea why) is that Denzel is one bad man.  Gary Oldman  is also superb in this film as the megalomaniacal Carnegie, the ambitious warlord attempting to foil Denzel.  Heck, even Mila Kunis is good enough for you to not hear Meg Griffin’s voice coming out of her mouth.


-          The movie is beautifully shot, and moves along almost flawlessly.  And, at a few minutes under two hours Book of Eli does not go on forever.


-           The film is very well written and goes to painstaking detail in depicting humanity, thirty years after a global devastating nuclear holocaust, struggling to survive on the scraps (or ill fated, under armed travelers).  Truthfully, it is rather chilling ad leaves you praying to be among the fortunate not forced to live in that Hell on Earth.


The Not So Good…


There really isn’t much to complain about, but if you are someone who really has an issue with your entertainment having Christian overtones you may want to take a pass on this one (though personally I would implore you to get over yourself and go see The Book of Eli.






The Verdict…


Perfectly cast, excellently written and acted, and directed masterfully- The Book of Eli delivers in a strong way.  Denzel proves to the world just how great an actor he is and Gary Oldman once again shows us why many think of him as the best bad guy in the game.  We feel it is safe to say that the bar for this year has already been raised. 


The Book of Eli is a very strong 5 out of 5 flushes.  Solid action, rich characters, and a solid story- The Book of Eli is cinematic storytelling at its finest.

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