Aug 16, 2010

The Book Of Eli Review

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Premise:
Denzel Washington plays Jesus and spreads the good word of God by tongue and by gun, not to mention a big freaking machete. Or to be technical, he plays Eli, traveling through a post-apocalyptic world to head west where he can deliver the last existing copy of the holy bible. It's a quest he doesn't take lightly so anyone who crosses him, especially an evil corporate mayor (Gary Oldman) feels the wrath of God!


Standouts:
There is one negative aspect to this film that stood out to me the entire way. Product placement. Some of it I'll give the benefit of the doubt, because I might have been a little confused what was going on when he started sponging himself with a wet-nap if it hadn't had the KFC logo on it, but when Gary Oldman pulls out a Motorola megaphone, the whole concept becomes a joke. Use of an iPod I'll put somewhere in-between the two extremes, because while I never saw an Apple logo on it, I had trouble buying that as fragile and bogus as iPods are they survived through the Apocalypse.


My Highlights:
The big reveal about Eli's character, Gary Oldman getting what was coming to him, and anytime Denzel Washington used a machete. I'm sure the footage was sped up to make Washington look like he can kill you faster than you can blink, but I still loved it. Heck, maybe his arms were just CGI, but they were freaking sweet.


Overall Rating:
Because of the twist at the end, I'm not sure I would want to watch it again, because I'd just spend the entire film trying to see if all the dots lined up and the ending "made sense". But it was a really cool movie with a really cool ending. Some of it you have to suspend your belief for but it kicked butt overall. I give this film 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 out of 10. It made the bible cool again!

Nick's Rating: Cool movie that reminded me of Mad Max, but nothing groundbreaking. 3.5 *'s out of 5

When You Should See It:
The next time you're looking for an action movie. The people who like brain-dead, non-thinker, popcorn action will like it, and the people who like intellectual, deeply seeded, morally ambiguous action will like it. Either way, I highly recommend seeing it.

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