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The Book of Eli (2010)


9/10: A Nutshell Review: The Book of Eli
Sunday, March 14, 2010

You might be jaded already with a number of big budgeted science fiction films that are set after some apocalyptic disaster that wiped out most of humankind, and having the protagonist become some sole, lonely survivor up against others who have banded together for worse, and without law and order and faced with severely limited resources to survive, cannibalism in a wild wild west environment becomes the order of the day, with those having weapons commanding over those who don't, and a clean bed, warm food, women and clean water are precious, tradable commodities.I assure you that The Book of Eli, despite what so many others have said, remain refreshing, with Denzel Washington in a charismatic starring role opposite Gary Oldman back to his villainous best, both being top draws in the film. Written by Gary Whitta who had fused key religious elements into science fiction, his effort triumphs against recent others such as Legion, and gets a...

8/10: Enjoy with an Open Mind and Suspended Belief
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Although I tried to keep this as spoiler-less as possible, I am going to give a warning that this review hints at parts you might want to view for yourself.Plot:The Book of Eli (2010) paints a dystopic view of the future: the United States lays barren and dry after an apocalyptic war. Sharing a common theme with the movie Mad Max (1979), the roads are controlled by raiders and looters making travel dangerous. Despite this, Eli (Denzel Washington) takes a personal mission to deliver a book to an unknown location "West". His journey eventually brings him to a small settlement where his mission, his book and his life are threatened.Pros: (+) Visually Spectacular: A lot of thought was put into the detailing of lighting and colour themes. Also, the panoramic views are a nice treat for the eyes and imagination. (+) Well-paced Action Sequences: Whenever there was a conflict, Denzel Washington never failed to deliver an exhilarating...

7/10: Post-apocalyptic "Eli" covers up weak plot with solid development and action
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Everybody's talking about what happens after the apocalypse these days. "The Book of Eli" is sort of the boiling point of this science-fiction concept, a combination of last year's "The Road" and George Miller's "The Road Warrior." America is a post-apocalyptic wasteland and Denzel Washington is the only self-sufficient badass. So originality is not exactly "Eli's" calling card, but it clearly establishes its ruinous world and the Hughes brothers ("From Hell") take good care of its characters while supplying top-notch action. Washington stars as our stolid protagonist, Eli, journeying westward with his canteen, a large machete, a couple guns and a special leather-bound book. He lives on an Earth that was fried 30 years before by the sun because of a war that ripped a hole through the ozone layer. Sun-goggled bikers run amok pillaging, killing and raping passers-by, yet Eli is morally sound and focused on keeping his...

7/10: The Post-Apocalyptic Western
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In a very short space of time two post-apocalyptic films have been release, the brilliant The Road which is aiming for Oscar glory, and the action packed The Book of Eli which is appealing for the mass audience.30 years after a massive war which blow a hole in the sky, possibly a nuclear war, Eli (Denzel Washington) is a lone traveller heading to the West Coast of America. He is a skilled martial artist, armed with guns, a long knife and a bow and is carrying the last King James Bible. On the way he has to avoid and kill hijackers and cannibals. On his travel Eli has to stop off in a ramshackle of a town to buy water and recharge his gear. The town itself run on a barter economy. The leader of the town, Carnegie (Gary Oldman), was impressed by Eli's skill and even more impressed when he found out he can read. Carnegie...

8/10: To dust we shall return
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Adam's Reviews!! **queue in intro music**"Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are... and to the dust we shall return."Today movie review is the science-fiction post-apocalyptic flick The Book of Eli (2010) starring my man Denzel Washington who plays a lone traveller wandering the wasteland of America that may be result of a nuclear war years earlier. We are introduced to a bleak, plain and glaring landscape with a few abandoned cars, broken highways, a chaotic society where food and water are scarce which can be purchased through trade of whatever you may carry - for example wet wipes. The lone character is heading west and is on a mission. He is seeking the fulfilment of his mission given to him by God by protecting the only surviving King...

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