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The Book of Eli (DVD)
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The Book of Eli (DVD)
Advantages: Washington and Oldman, violent action scenes, one of the twists
Disadvantages: The twist regarding the book, some dull moments
In post-apocalyptic America, Eli makes his way slowly across the desolate land heading to the same place he's been trying to get to for the past few years. With him he carries a precious book, one of the only books left after everyone went to war, and with it the only possible chance to save the human race.
But in a world where the only few remaining people have nothing and no one, everyone is out to get everything they possibly can, and Eli finds himself in many dangerous situations on his way. But the most dangerous situation is when he ends up caught up with a group of violent thugs whose leader will do anything to get his own hands on the book.
~ Cast ~
Eli - Denzel Washington
Carnegie - Gary Oldman
Solara - Mila Kunis
Redridge - Ray Stevenson
Claudia - Jennifer Beals
I love action movies like this with a little bit of fantasy thrown in and the trailers made this film look brilliant and really action-packed so I couldn't wait to see it. When I did get around to seeing it though, I was quite disappointed as it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be.
Because of the time it's set in - a desolate wasteland world where only a few people are still alive and most of the land is desert - the majority of the film was simply following Eli as he travelled over land to his destination. These bits were pretty boring as most of the time he had no company and there was nothing of much interest that he came across. This made these parts pretty boring, dull and uneventful.
However, when he did come across some other people, they were usually violent scavengers, and this is where all the action came in. The action really was brilliant here and Denzel Washington was amazing in the way he fought and killed all the other people, even when it was only him against a bar full of others. These moments were really great and intense and, if only there had been more of these violent action scenes in the film, I probably would have enjoyed it quite a bit more.
Denzel Washington was great, as he always is, and even though his character is fairly quiet and secretive, it's plain to see that he's a good guy from the very start. He basically carried the entire movie by himself and I thought he did really well.
All of the supporting cast, especially Gary Oldman, who plays the leader of the villains trying to get the book from Eli, were all excellent as well.
There are a couple of twists that you really don't see coming at all at the end of the film. One of them is a great twist and is the sort of thing that really keeps you thinking over it even well after the film has finished. I wasn't so keen on the other twist though, which is to do with the book, and, to me, it made it all seem a little bit pointless and had me rolling my eyes at the outcome.
That's not to say that's it's not a good film though. The storyline was good it just didn't turn out the way I would have liked it to and there were a few too many dull parts for me to properly enjoy it. But the acting and action scenes were really excellently done.
Certificate rating: 15
Running time: 118 minutes
Directors: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes
Summary: One man crosses post-apocalyptic America in a bid to save the human race