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Movie Review - The Book of Eli

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Like Mike
The Book of Eli

Post apocalyptic films are always fun to watch to see the film makers take on what the future might be. Even though they try to change things these films often have very similar themes. ‘Book of Eli’ didn’t seem to step that far away from those themes when I saw the trailer, but it had a great take on the genre by playing on the fact it had a major religious slant with Eli having to protect a book, which is the last bible on earth.

“Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years, walking west across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. Eli is a peaceful man who only acts in self defence and becomes a warrior with unbelievable killing skills when he is challenged. After the war and the "Big Flash", Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book with his life, because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future.”

Denzel is such a commanding actor that whenever he’s on the screen you can’t help but be drawn into his performance. Add in some great little action scenes with him brutally dispatching his enemies and you have a rock solid character that he just embodied so well. There was a good little twist at the end as well, which I had half picked near the beginning, but it was still a nice little surprise when it was fully shown to the audience. A very solid and enjoyable film and with a chance of a sequel it would be interesting to see where they could take the story.

7.5 out of 10 from me.  
 

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