Quick Daily Review #44: The Book of Eli (2010)


The Book of Eli (2010)

Director: Allen Hughes

Eli has been on a very long walk. A thirty year long treck across America in fact. If he had only run like Forest Gump did, he could have considerably cut the time of his journey, but we’re not supposed to think about that. Eli has with him a book that he must protect, and that he will protect at all costs. To reveal said book would be a massive spoiler, except to say in this future scenario the vast majority of the remaining population cannot read. I must admit this may not be a movie for everyone right up front, but this is another one of those flicks that is right up my alley. You have a strong leading badass in Denzel (Man on Fire, The Equalizer etc) Washington starring in a post apocalyptic neo-western road movie with tons of twists, turns, (that do not all make sense, but nothing that was a deal breaker for my tastes) and assorted action movie tricks. This is by no means a movie that can be taken seriously, but it certainly can be taken with a giant tub of popcorn. It’s kind of like if you took Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and decided to make it a fun mindless shoot em’ up instead of an absorbing serious drama/sociological statement.

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Aside from Denzel laying fools out with Road Warrior style, you also get the lovely Mila Kunis as the token damsel in distress, and great leathery faced character actors such as Gary Oldman and Tom Waits as villains who both feel right at home in either Armageddon or the Wild West as required. Like I said, this movie isn’t for everyone, but it’s one that I am happy I decided to waste a few hours with.