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Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

Movie Review: Book of Eli

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To me, this story was a mix between Mad Max, Robin Hood, and an American Western.  IMDB.com describes this movie as “A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.” I would agree with that description.  It centers around a nomadic wanderer named Eli (played by Denzel Washington) roaming the post-apocalyptic country side while working his way West.  He stumbles upon a small town – or at least what serves as a town in this desolate world – that is run by the evil but somehow likeable Carnegie (played by Gary Oldman).  Carnegie is in search of a book – a special book that he thinks will allow him to rule the world – and is constantly sending road crews out to find it.

Long story short, Carnegie offers Eli a job in his gang and uses his blind lover’s daughter, Solara (played by Mila Kunis), to try to persuade Eli to stay.  Solara finds out Eli has the book and the cat and mouse game ensues with Carnegie trying to capture the book from Eli.  Eli is willing to protect the book with his life, however.  Crazy fight scenes ensue.  You’ll have to watch the movie to see how it ends…

Overall, not a bad take.  I’m glad I rented it as opposed to spending $20+ dollars to see it in the theater.  But, that’s a given for most movies these days.  Denzel did a pretty good job with his character.  He portrayed the ‘forced badass’ pretty well.  Mila Kunis, while a pleasure to look at, didn’t do much in her role.  I found her annoying most of the time and really thought the movie could move along with her character at all.  Gary Oldman played the antagonist role pretty well – to the point where you almost like the guy and understood that he was doing everything he was doing to survive.

Overall, a good rental.  I’d give it 3.5/5 stars.

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