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The Book Of Eli
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5 years ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
The Hughes Brothers

Actors:
Denzel Washington
Gary Oldman
Mila Kunis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a post apocalyptic future, one man travels due West on a mission to save mankind. Armed with his wits, weapons and a sacred book, he'll stop at nothing to insure his quest and its safety.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It doesn't take much to determine that this film has a religious overtone about it (end of days, a lone man of faith carrying a special book, not to mention the name Eli), but the trailers would have you believe this is nothing more than another desolate look into our world's future which we've seen more than enough of already (case in point with THE ROAD which is set up similarly but exceedingly different). I'm here to tell you that all is not as it seems and BOOK OF ELI is most definitely a welcome piece of thoughtful entertainment as well as one of the better uses of religion I've seen in quite some time.

There's not much more to the core of this story than what you've seen in the trailers or what I've thus far explained; that is, without saying too much. Some people have complained that the enigma surrounding the book wasn't complex enough or didn't pack the "end all, be all" punch people were expecting. I think the book and everything surrounding it was done just fine and had me nodding my head in approval when the dust settled. And rest assured the ending provokes the need for a second viewing, and that in itself says something about the film right there.

Denzel Washington hasn't lost an ounce of potency when it comes to the action game, and carries himself well for a man his age (he's pushing sixty but you'd never know it to look at him). I still find the admiration and respect I have for him ironic as I never liked him until FALLEN, which changed my whole point of view of him as a character and actor. Gary Oldman is always welcome as a villain and he too is still just as sharp as ever. Milla Kunis is looking hella hot (though it feels like she's there for that reason alone all too often) and keep your eyes peeled for a Dumbledore cameo that made me laugh out loud.

THE BOOK OF ELI isn't something that will change your life, but it's a damn fine flick considering some of the useless shit passing off as movies these days. The action was a feast for the adrenaline, the acting bang on and the story original enough to stand out. End of the world flicks all kinda fall into the same loop when it comes to visuals, locals and the breakdown of society and it's scruples, so yes, you've seen similar setups but like I said, ELI does bring something worthwhile to the table and I certainly recommend it.
THE EXTRAS
WB Maximum Movie Mode: As you watch the film there will be times you can press ďenterĒ and get picture pop ups about how to survive the filmís post apocalyptic world. Cool, but a touch redundant.

A Lost Tale: Billy: This five minute graphic novel style back story explores the past of the filmís villain Carnigie in hopes of adding a little depth to his character. This is the exact same thing they did with I AM LEGEND.

Starting Over: This feature is a racy as the film itself; exploring how civilizations live and die as well as how we might come back from a global apocalypse. Iíve personally always favoured the view from THE STAND.

Eliís Journey: Again we take the moral high road exploring the many questions and choices tied into what humanity will do to survive. I liked this filmís approach much better than that of THE ROAD.

Deleted Scenes: Two minutes of worthlessness aside from some beheadings left out of Denzelís bar fight scene.

The Book of Eli Soundtrack: Co-director Allen Hughes and composer Atticus Ross banter back and forth about the soundtrack and its haunting relevance to the filmís tone.

Previews: We get a trailer, a Blu-ray commercial, some BD-LIVE content and a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím all for religious overtones so for me films like this have endless appeal. Now combine that potential with great actors and solid action and Iím happy as can be. End of the world flicks can be dreary so I understand a hint of hesitation for that reason but rest assured this one packs a nice punch and is well worth the time.
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