RIP Miguel Ferrer
Colossal teaser: Anne Hathaway connects with a giant monster
International anthology The Field Guide to Evil coming soon
Remake of The Wailing coming soon from Ridley Scott?
Face-Off: Psycho vs Dressed to Kill
Guillermo del Toro finally preparing Hellboy III
Emilia Clarke featured in large batch of Voice from the Stone pics
The F*ckin Black Sheep: Hellraiser 4-8! (Video)
Exclusive trailer for Tsunambee!
Goosebumps 2 release date announced
Trailer for The Discovery starring Robert Redford
Warner Bros. planning an Attack on Titan epic
Our only hope is in my hands - Eli
I knew two things about THE BOOK OF ELI before grabbing it in a head lock, wrestling it to the ground and having it call me Uncle Arrow. Numero uno, itâ€™s the Hughes Brothers back behind the camera where they f*cking belong (they've been MIA from the screens since they put out the underrated FROM HELL in 2001). I havenâ€™t seen one Hughes Bros flick I didnâ€™t love so I was pumped for that reason. Numero dos; Denzel Washington, messing people up, walking in slow motion and wearing cool ass shades usually means fun times at the out house for this jerk. And thatâ€™s all I needed to know. So did the film deliver?
As I parked my ass down in a theatre seat, I quickly figured out that thereâ€™s a lot to love about THE BOOK OF ELI. First of all its look was simply mesmerizing. I so dug the washed out feel, the vast and imposing, cloud filled skies and the dread imbued wasteland (cinematographer Don Burgess has outdone himself). Not a happy placeâ€¦which made me happy! On top of that, the Hughes Brothers didnâ€™t lose their flair for wow inducing kinetic visuals. The boys are back and in top form at that! Fly angles, shot compositions with oomph and action sequences shot with high energy. Wait till you see that tracking shot madness shoot-out with Denzel and crew in a dingy house pitted against a horde of baddies outside going buck nuts with heavy artillery. Now THATâ€™S a well executed action sequence! Although the flick was more than just scuffles, when it cranked up the hand to hand stuff or the manic pow-pow it did it with a stick of dynamite down its trousers i.e. it OWNED!
Story wise, granted its nothing we havenâ€™t seen before, but I got to say it, the Wild West parallels totally wooed me. The â€śman with no name but this time with a nameâ€ť angle, the evil town overlord that couldâ€™ve easily been played by Gene Hackman and the many stare downs that would result in ping-pow-ping made my day! And I got to commend the casting agent behind this sucka too! Denzel Washington was at his stoic and badass best while Ray Stevenson and Gary â€śEVERYONEEEEE!â€ť Oldman once more took nothing roles on paper and elevated them to high planes of AWESOME. On her end sexy Mila Kunis brought class and estrogen bad-assery to the mainly macho man proceedings. Once again she made me forget her stint on That 70's Show. Good for you, you go girl! Yup, itâ€™s hard to go wrong with that caliber of star power and talent. Add to all that good stuff; a cool cat score by Atticus Ross, a fascinating religious flavor that was more layered that it seemed to be at first glance, a smooth pace and couple of groovy surprises within the last act that I really didnâ€™t see coming and you get a solid time at the movies!
If I had any qualms to spew about this bitch it would its predictability factor. Much like Avatar, this one's chain of events was of the been done to death variety and rarely deviated from the mold. If youâ€™ve seen Mad Max, Waterworld, Cyborg or even Steel Dawn, you kind of know which way this one is going to go before it even knows itâ€™s going there. Finally, I was a tad disappointed by â€śwhatâ€ť they did after the revelation as to the book was out in the open. Not sure where I expected the movie to go, but I craved something bigger, with more impact, specially taking into account all the build up and carnage that lead me to that point.
At the end of the evisceration though; THE BOOK OF ELI was a brilliantly shot, gleefully violent and razor suave movie that didnâ€™t re-invent the slut but spun her in a familiar yet effective fashionâ€“ a quatte pattes! Its one of those films that I appreciated more and more AFTER it was done as my grey matter thought it through. Bend it over, you know the rest!