The Book of Eli movie review & film summary () | Roger EbertIn Book of Eli , Denzel Washington proves that age is nothing but a number, as he deftly fights and kills his way to action hero status in a post-apocalyptic world that will no doubt some big box-office numbers. Yet what separates this film from the I am Legends , the Waterworlds or the many other post-apocalyptic films is what Washington's character is protecting - the last bible on earth. At first glance, one can't help but draw comparisons to last fall's The Road starring Viggo Mortensen. Both movies feature the traveling man heading to his purported destination. Both men have keen instincts for survival and a nose for sniffing out danger. Both are responsible for a precious traveling companion Mortensen has his son; Washington has his bible and, later on, Mila Kunis, who joins him.
The Book of Eli
In the event of the apocalypse, there will be a prevalence of machetes, cannibalism, and white guys in dreadlocks and goggles. Things will be bleak, but at least you can follow Denzel Washington around as he wanders the parched landscape with floods of gravitas, occasionally engaging in awesomely staged silhouette-melees with bands of barbarian thugs. Eli roams a postapocalyptic world, protecting a sacred tome that offers guidance on how to rebuild humanity. The evil Carnegie goes to great lengths to acquire the powerful book, but Carnegie's adopted daughter, who wants to escape her dad's clutches, help more… Eli roams a postapocalyptic world, protecting a sacred tome that offers guidance on how to rebuild humanity. The evil Carnegie goes to great lengths to acquire the powerful book, but Carnegie's adopted daughter, who wants to escape her dad's clutches, helps Eli.
In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli Denzel Washington seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive--and continue. Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, and is determined to make it his own: Carnegie Gary Oldman , the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara Mila Kunis is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond her stepfather's domain.
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This picture is one big waste of time, including that of the actors and those in the audience who pay to see it. The star of the film, Denzel Washington, is also one of its producers., 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.
I'm at a loss for words, so let me say these right away: "The Book of Eli" is very watchable. You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF! They make everything in the entire movie impossible and incomprehensible -- but, hey, WTF. Now to the words I am at a loss for.