Friday, March 5, 2010

The Book of Eli Review

Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Screenplay: Gary Whitta Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals Time: 118min Age Restriction: 16LV


Summary Review
The Book Of Eli is a slow-moving, brutal comment on the danger of empty religion, examining the contrast between the letter of Christianity and the heart behind it. 

The Book Of Eli is set in the future, after a great war and natural disaster wiped out most of the earth's inhabitants and natural resources.

Carnegie (Gary Oldman) is obsessed with finding a book so powerful that its words will give him authorirty over all the remainder of the human race. He intends to use the book as the ultimate weapon of world domination.

Eli (Denzel Washington) has the only copy of this book still in existence. He is on a mission to deliver it to a place where it will be safe and is skilled at protecting the book at all costs.

The sparse characterisation, unnecessary and excessive violence, as well as the curt tone of The Book Of Eli make it difficult to engage with the film on a personal level.

Although it carries a challenging message about the true spirit of faith and the danger of getting bogged down in religious law, The Book Of Eli's desolate landscapes and excessive violence have nothing new to offer.

Guest Comment: 
The guy sitting behind me in the cinema said, "It's an interesting movie. Very, very interesting."

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