Monday, July 12, 2010

The Book of Eli (2010) - MOVIE REVIEW

Directors: The Hughes Brothers
Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis

This post-apocalyptic movie follows the story of Eli (Washington), walking across the devasted roads of America, 30 years after the final war. His purpose is to deliver something of great power to it's destination. The last remaining King James version of the Bible. A destiny Eli must fulfill to help humanity. Along his travels, Eli passes through a town overseen by a man named Carnegie (Oldman). Passing through this town was an unfortunate coincidence as Carnegie is looking for a book he believes will help him rule more towns and remaining people. Presumably, the same book.

This leads to a chunk of the movie being devoted to Carnegie's hunt of Eli for the book once it is made clear that he has it. Possessing extraordinary ablities in fighting and self defense, Eli has been able to, up to this point, survive all types of sticky situations the road has thrown at him but Carnegie proves a worthy adversary.

This film was enjoyable. As expected, Denzel Washington done a supreme job as the unlikely warrior and Oldman (The Dark Knight) played out a very interesting villain. Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) had a somewhat supporting role to the movie and did her bit well. I think she has grown out of her '70s show' boots and started to really improve. I don't actually recall picturing her in That 70s Show once during the movie. I believed she was her character. For a movie with so few characters and plot twists, the acting really held it up and the Hughes Brothers (From Hell) seem to have really nailed it from a directing standpoint.

Still, I was disappointed with the questions unanswered and the what if's... There were some great scenes portraying the world after the war and what Eli had to do to survive but I can't help but think how much better the film would be if it covered bits of the war and how the Earth came to be in the shape it was. The "how did they get to this point?" question lingered in the back of my mind throughout the film. But then again, this movie is about this man's Journey and not the past.

I wouldn't rush out to see this but it isn't exactly a bust. Denzel and Gary Oldman are great at what they do but it just wasn't enough for this film.

Check out the trailer

1 comment:

  1. Denzel and Gary Oldman weren’t so great in this movie, that’s for sure. Their acting was bellow average but I think that the directing covered this up with much style. What amazed me is that all of them had new sunglasses!!!