Friday, May 18, 2012

The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli (spoilers galore at that link, fyi, and spoilers are well worth avoiding with this film) was a gift, and I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get to it. I enjoyed this and would enjoy watching it again. From 2010, this is a post-apocalyptic film starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Beals. There are cameos by Tom Waits and an uncredited Malcolm McDowell.


Moria calls it "awkward" and says it suffers from an identity crisis. at least has a spoiler alert and calls it "a deft, dire addition to Hollywood’s weirdly vibrant “Earth is dying” genre." SF Gate describes it as "a dynamic story, sprinkled with some interesting ideas about the preciousness of culture and how societies might rebuild themselves" and praises Oldman and Washington. The Christian Science Monitor describes it as "like a video-game mash-up of American and spaghetti westerns and Japanese samurai flicks" and gives it a B-. EW doesn't like it, giving it a D and calling it "a ponderous dystopian bummer". Roger Ebert starts off with this:
I'm at a loss for words, so let me say these right away: "The Book of Eli" is very watchable. You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF! Moments, which are a bonus.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it 48%.

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