Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quick Movie Review: The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli: When I tell you that The Book of Eli is one of the greatest movies I have seen, understand that I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. The Book of Eli is full of action, heart and a powerful story of commitment and faith.

The story revolves around Eli (Denzel Washington), a traveler of post-apocalyptic America who is in possession of the last known Bible. Eli, told by Christ to simply take the Bible west, devotes thirty years of his life to this mission. Along the way, Eli encounters a myriad of fellow survivors who would prevent him from completing his task by robbing and/or ing him.

Throughout the movie, Eli shows a laudable tenacity when it comes to protecting the Bible. In one particular scene, Eli dispatches a group of highway bandits within a matter of seconds while using his trademark machete. The action scenes are graphic, but extremely well choreographed.

Denzel Washington is joined by Gary Oldman who plays the role of Carnegie, the greedy overseer of a decrepit town wherein Eli must stop to both recharge his portable battery and rehydrate himself. Carnegie however, like Eli, is one of the few literate people still living in the world and is in search of the Bible. Carnegie wishes to expand his small empire and knowing that the Bible will draw people towards it, seeks to take it from Eli. The fight sequence where Eli refuses to hand over the Bible is mind blowingly awesome and a powerful testament to God's will.

Washington is also joined by Mila Kunis who plays Solara, a young under Carnegie's 'protection' who takes to Eli and follows him on his journey west. The duo are tracked by Carnegie and without spoiling too much info, action ensues.

The movie has a surprise ending that will make you want to rewatch the movie just to see all the little hints, and trust me their are hints. It also ends on a positive note, professing that in the end faith and commitment to God will bring peace.

The Book of Eli is also aided by a wonderful score. The relatively unknown composer Atticus Ross provided an enchanting soundtrack. The standout piece, Panoramic, honestly gives me chills every time I hear it.

In summary, The Book of Eli is a masterpiece and one that should not go unseen.

Rating: 9.5 (Excellent)

You can look forward to my review of District 9 and Gamer in the near future.

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