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January 16, 2010

The Book of Eli Review

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Thanks for checking out our Book of Eli review.

Genre: Action Adventure/Drama
Directed by: Albert and Allen Hughes
Staring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson
Released: January 15th 2010

THE GENERAL IDEA

A post apocalyptic world set 30 years after a nuclear strike has left the world in ruin. The surviving humans find themselves huddled in the remains of small towns under warlord rule. Eli is a “walker” who has been set on a mission from a higher power to head West. In his posession is a book. A powerful book. The boss of a small town (Gary Oldman) has been seeking this book and when Eli wanders through his town he will stop at nothing to get it from him.

THE GOOD

The drama is the star here. Despite the trailer making this look like a Mad Max action romp, this is mostly a drama. They hit on a lot of themes about how life was “before the flash” and what is left.

The action that there is is brief but freaking amazing. Brutally efficient when Eli pulls out his long knife/sword thing, this shit gets real. So graphic without excessive gore.

There is little in here that is spelled out for you, and still you are not lost or missing any details. The history of what came before his hinted at in very subtle dialogue that never sounds like they are saying it for your benefit. Very well laid out.

You have to absorb this story. It makes sense. What Eli is up to, why he does it and how all falls into place. And the ending just suddenly adds a new layer to EVERTHING he does. Blew my mind.

Gary Oldman as the badguy Carnagie is a merciless warlord type, and he does it very well and very convincingly. His motivations are purely power, but he is an intelligent man and he knows how to get it.

The book is powerful, and what Carnagie wants it for makes complete sense. They were careful not to tell you exactly what the book does in the trailer and it makes sense. You find out pretty early on in the movie, but I won’t spoil it for you.

THE BAD

Mila Kunis (as appealing as she is) is unnecessary. She doesn’t need to be there. She is a plot device that helps spell out Eli’s story, and a sympathetic helper in his mission. But the movie could have gone on without her.

The ending brings up some more questions. It did blow my mind, but it isn’t without its minor flaws. Its plausible, and it really makes you think – which is great. But you don’t see it coming. But in hindsight its not perfectly delivered, which is why you don’t see it coming. Its minor, but it does take a little away from the amazing reveal.

That this was marketed as an action film, some would be disappointed to see how little action there is.

OVERALL

I was expecting a post apocalyptic actioner, and while it had elements of it, this is really a drama. Sure there are some amazing splody parts and brutal violence, but this is a thinking film that not only surprised me, but waited until the very end to let me know it had me on the hook the whole time.

I give The Book of Eli a 7 out of 10

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  • wisdom/faith/protection

    my number one movie of all.i have so much to say about this movie i cant even start but ill just say one i guess.Blind faith.it is the movies best shown thing.one who can not be tempted by things of the human race or judge someone by what they look like or how there body action is just by how they talk about there views of the moment and the feeling he gets of someone.just like a pet can sence your true feeling with out words or knowing your body movement.and haveing so much faith that he can try and remove some of his human way of choice because he knows he has a biger job to do then save a woman whos being sexualy abused,witch it was hard for me to see him not help her but god works in ways most will never beable to understand because if you know you are going to live for eternity then you life on earth is so short.but he wanted to make it that way so the truely hearted can enjoy eternity.and even the so called saint or prophet or true servent of god.still dose not fully understand god to the point of painless life on earth.wisdom is the real super power anyone cant have.but it is one that i think maybe no one will ever understand or get because of how complex it really is.

  • http://- jeevan

    dear sir

    just saw that movie in a local TV channel (Telugu language )

    very nice movie.

    god bless you..

    jeevan from India

  • Jonathan

    Kunis’ character is needed in this movie. Without her, the story would need a narration.

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