The Book of Eli (R) - 2010 - Runtime: 118 minutes
Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
I had heard good things about this movie and I am a sucker for these kind of movies, as evidenced by my other reviews. But after a co-worker of mine absolutely hated this movie, I was more hesitant to check it out. Thankfully, I gave it a shot and this was a wonderfully executed, great sci-fi action movie. It's a great set up and the action is swift and satisfying.
Washington plays a man on a mission from God: to deliver a bible, one of the only of its kind in existence after the world went to hell due to wars, etc. to the west. The movie doesn't delve too much into what happened, which is a good thing. Of course, the bible is seen by Gary Oldman, the evil dude who controls a small town, who thinks he can control more and more people if he has the Word of God by his side. It's a bit heavy handed with all the religious allegories and motifs, but it really isn't distracting to what's really important: the action. I have to say the action here is shot brilliantly and really is fun. There's some slow motion effects, but it's not unrelenting and awful. In fact, after seeing the whole movie, it all kind of fits together. I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought the ending was perfect and fitting for the story they were telling. It's very satisfying and worth a second viewing to catch all the subtext.
It's a great sci-fi movie and if you love post-apocalyptic-themed movies, you cannot go wrong with this one!
Rating: Rent It!