Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it.
I only write reviews for movies that I really hate or really love, and “The Book of Eli” definitely falls into the latter category.
It’s an intriguing tale about a man in post-apocalyptic America walking west to deliver an initially unnamed book.
The fact that he’s been doing so under the most bleak of circumstances for 30 years is a testament to his strong faith and determination to complete the task.
The movie has a good amount of action...Eli can handle himself and takes down any of the deranged lunatics who try to get in his way in crowd pleasing fashion.
The core of the movie occurs when he stops at a small town ruled by Gary Oldman’s evil character and his merciless motorcycle riding thugs.
The ensuing confrontation is yet another test of Eli’s faith. Gary Oldman (Carnegie) is determined to take possession of the book Eli is guarding.
The movie contains a surprise ending that will make you say, “WTF”??? And is absolutely impossible, but makes you think back over the entire film and want to watch it again.
Denzel Washington, as Eli, is outstanding and he exhibits the amazing charisma he brings to all of his roles. The movie is well cast, and it was great seeing the fine Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance”) on the big screen again.
The Hughes Brothers are excellent directors, and I love the diversity of their body of work, from “Menace to Society” to “From Hell”. This is a movie that I will be seeing again.
Theatrical Release: Friday, January 15, 2010
Starring: Denzel Washington Gary Oldman Mila Kunis Ray Stevenson Jennifer Beals
Directed by: Albert Hughes Allen Hughes
Genres: Drama Action Adventure
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Summit Entertainment
MPAA Rating: for some brutal violence and language.