I had high hopes for Book of Eli, as I do for any Denzel Washington film, and while it didn’t quite live up to my high hopes it was still a good film. Denzel Washington stars as Eli, the protector of the last known copy of a certain book. It has been 31 years since “the flash” and subsequent war destroyed the world as we know it. The world now is a desolate waste land where water is scarce and books are scarcer. Gary Oldman stars as Carnegie, a corrupted mayor in a makeshift town that Eli wanders into. Carnegie has become obsessed with finding a copy of the book, he believes the words of the book have great power and that he could become a great leader with it. Mila Kunis stars as Solara, the daughter of Carnegie’s companion, who follows Eli after he escapes from the town.
The action sequences were really well done. Towards the beginning of the film there was a great action sequence when Eli encounters some scavengers trying to rob him. Another great action scene comes when Eli enters the bar to search out some water and also when he meets up with the older couple.
The films depiction of a post apocalyptic world seemed pretty realistic to me. Survivors have to wear sunglasses/goggles to protect their eyes from the super strong rays of the sun. Water is “the good stuff” at the bar. There are no plants and even animals are scarce. Everyone is a scavenger; there is a use for just about anything they find. At one point in the movie Solara asks Eli what the world was like before and he says that "everyone lived in excess" and that "people threw away things that we would kill for today". Something to think about.
The movie had some great moments. I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you some things to look out for when you watch the film. Look for the Kmart badge in Eli’s backpack. Watch out for people with shaky hands. Beware of a friendly older couple. And lastly, watch Eli as he reads the book, notice anything different?
6 sandwiches out of 10
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