Friday, July 16, 2010

The Book of Eli - DVD Review


Starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Frances de la Tour and Tom Waits.
Directed by Albert & Allen Hughes.

Well, it looks very similar to The Road, and many aspects of it are the same. That's to be expected in a post-apocalyptic world. I'd like to see a post-apocalyptic world where most of the few survivors are good people who try to work together, but maybe I have more faith in humanity than is believable on the big screen.

Denzel plays Eli, a man whose past is never explained, except that he's an expert at hand-to-hand combat, machete-wielding, arrow-shooting, gunfire... He's a superhero. He walks across the decimated landscape of America with a book in his backpack. It's not hard to figure out what that book is, but for some reason, the few surviving humans of "The War" 31 years ago aren't old, and only men of the age of Denzel or Gary know the power of that book.

There's one really cool sequence that stands out for me. There's a shoot-out at a house, and the camera swoops from outside through a bullethole in the wall, around the living room, back out a shattered window to the big gun outside, all as if it's one shot. We know CGI helped, but the fact that it looks like one shot keeps the intensity of the scene alive. I really the Hughes's work on this.

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