Book of Eli

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Denzel Washington makes this mediocre movie into a good movie. His character in “Book of Eli” could do a one-man drama and it would be as good as this movie is. Gary Oldman is OK too, but his character is stereotypical. (He’s a better actor than this role allows.) The other actors do an adequate job. It was interesting to watch once, but I wouldn’t watch it again. It’s another post-apocalyptic storyline; society is degraded to the point of people eating human flesh (although this is never portrayed). Denzel’s character is carrying a valuable book on a journey to the sea (the western coast of the U.S.). A young woman tags along with him and in the end provides assistance. Along the way, he fights off bad guys (the chief of them is Gary Oldman’s character, of course). There is a lot of violence, blowing up things and shooting people. There is also some horrible sexual violence, viewed from a distance – gang rape and murder. So beware of that! I won’t say what the valuable book is, but you can probably guess. The plot and ending are somewhat predictable, and the characters are more flat than rounded – other than Denzel’s. Again, he could pull this off as a one-man stage drama (modified of course) and it would be worth watching. Because of the violence and sexual violence, you might want to avoid this movie. Knowing in advance to expect that, if you choose to watch it, Denzel’s performance is good.

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Book of Eli would be better as a one-man drama

on 9/5/2011

Denzel Washington makes this mediocre movie into a good movie. His character in “Book of Eli” could do a one-man drama and it would be as good as this movie is. Gary Oldman is OK too, but his character is stereotypical. (He’s a better actor than this role allows.) The other actors do an adequate job. It was interesting to watch once, but I wouldn’t watch it again. It’s another post-apocalyptic storyline; society is degraded to the point of people eating human flesh (although this is never portrayed). Denzel’s character is carrying a valuable book on a journey to the sea (the western coast of the U.S.). A young woman tags along with him and in the end provides assistance. Along the way, he fights off bad guys (the chief of them is Gary Oldman’s character, of course). There is a lot of violence, blowing up things and shooting people. There is also some horrible sexual violence, viewed from a distance – gang rape and murder. So beware of that! I won’t say what the valuable book is, but you can probably guess. The plot and ending are somewhat predictable, and the characters are more flat than rounded – other than Denzel’s. Again, he could pull this off as a one-man stage drama (modified of course) and it would be worth watching. Because of the violence and sexual violence, you might want to avoid this movie. Knowing in advance to expect that, if you choose to watch it, Denzel’s performance is good. Read More

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good movie

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Yet another wonderful action movie from Denzel Washington. The movie is takes you to the adventure of an young man with a goal. Great acting but all crews. Wonderful twist in the end. This is overall an very good movie and worthy enough to be keep in your record by buying this quality DVD. Read More

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Product Overview

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across america in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 214974976
UPC 883929103409
UPC 14 00883929103409
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Futuristic
Live-Action
Science-Fiction
Editors Note
Note In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and Allen Hughes (FROM HELL and DEAD PRESIDENTS). Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson co-star in the Warner Bros. production.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter "[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet." 01/10/2010 ,"[A]n intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet." 01/10/2010
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Directing team The Hughes Brothers have chosen ELI as their first film in nearly a decade and though it certainly delivers all the fireworks you might come to expect from their earlier work, its religious undertones separate it from the pack..." 01/14/2010
Chicago Sun-Times "The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films....The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it." 01/13/2010
Los Angeles Times "A lean, stark, surprisingly effective headliner in Hollywood's ongoing apoc-a-pala-looza." 01/15/2010
USA Today "An attractively grizzled Denzel Washington plays the enigmatic Eli, a true believer with quasi-mystical fighting skills..." 01/18/2010
Washington Post "[Washington] beautifully inhabits the film's titular hero, a laconic, solitary gunslinger who's also a custodian of a mysterious tome..." 01/15/2010
Variety "One of the clever conceits of the script by first-time Gary Whitta is that there are only a handful of people still alive who remember how things were 'before'..." 01/10/2010
A.V. Club "THE BOOK OF ELI takes the form of an ultra-violent graphic novel, with Washington as a steely Man With No Name type who cuts a righteous path through the gullets of sinners and savages." -- Grade: B 01/14/2010
Sight and Sound "[A]mong films about material scarcity, religion and power, it compares favourably with THERE WILL BE BLOOD." 03/01/2010
Total Film "The real draw is the spaghetti western homages, Tom Waits bartering goods and hand grenades being 10-pin bowled under trucks." 05/24/2010
Actors
Ray Stevenson
Mila Kunis
Jennifer Beals
Gary Oldman
Cast & Crew
Ray Stevenson - Star
Mila Kunis - Star
Jennifer Beals - Star
Gary Oldman - Star
Denzel Washington - Star
Tom Waits - Co-Star
Scott Wilder - Co-Star
Keith David - Co-Star
Frances De La Tour - Co-Star
Michael Gambon - Co-Star
Al Goto - Co-Star
Larry Cherry - Hairstylist
Don Burgess - Director of Photography
Carl Fullerton - Makeup
Jeff Imada - Fight Choreographer
Jeff Imada - Stunt Coordinator
Jeffrey Wetzel - Assistant Director
Deva Anderson - Music Director
Hiro Koda - Stunts
Alton Walpole - Production Manager/UPM
Atticus Ross - Composer
Gary Whitta - Screenwriter
KNB EFX Inc. - Special Makeup Effects
Corey Welk - Makeup Designer
Leopold Ross - Composer
Claudia Sarne - Composer
Joann Stafford-Chaney - Hairstylist
Joe Pingue - Co-Star
John Koyama - Co-Star
Richard Cetrone - Co-Star
Mike Gunther - Co-Star
Tim Rigby - Co-Star
Kofi W. Elam - Co-Star
Brad Martin - Co-Star
David Wald - Co-Star
Sala Baker - Co-Star
Thom Harris Williams - Co-Star
Evan Jones - Co-Star
David Midthunder - Co-Star
Eddie Perez - Co-Star
Clay Donahue Fontenot - Co-Star
Arron Shiver - Co-Star
Spencer Sano - Co-Star
Jennifer Caputo - Co-Star
Paul Crawford - Co-Star
Karin Silvestri - Co-Star
Heidi Pascoe - Co-Star
Mike Seal - Co-Star
Lateef Crowder - Co-Star
Scott Michael Morgan - Co-Star
Robert Powell - Co-Star
Don Thai Theerathada - Co-Star
Angelique Midthunder - Co-Star
Todd Schneider - Co-Star
Chris Browning - Co-Star
Richard Smith - Co-Star
Darrin Prescott - Co-Star
Lora Martinez Cunningham - Co-Star
Mike McCarty - Co-Star
Justin Tade - Co-Star
Edward Duran - Co-Star
Jermaine Washington - Co-Star
Luis Bordonada - Co-Star
Laurence Chavez - Co-Star
Brian Lucero - Co-Star
Albert Hughes - Director
Allen Hughes - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00883929103409
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
  
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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. They make everything in the entire movie impossible and incomprehensible -- but, hey, WTF...Now to the words I am at a loss for. The story involves a lone wanderer (Denzel Washington) who wears a name tag saying "Hi! My name is Eli." It may not actually be his name tag, but let's call him Eli, anyway. Eli has been walking west across the devastated landscape of America for 30 years, on his way to the sea. I haven't walked it myself, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't take that long...Washington and the Hughes brothers do a good job of establishing this man and his world, and at first, The Book of Eli seems destined to be solemn. But then Eli arrives at a Western town ruled by Carnegie (Gary Oldman), who, like all the local overloads in Westerns and gangster movies, sits behind a big desk flanked by a tall bald guy and, of course, a short scruffy one. How are these guys recruited? Wanted: Tall bald guy to stand behind town boss and be willing to sacrifice life. All the water you can drink...Carnegie needs Eli because Eli has maybe the last remaining copy of a book that Eli believes will allow him to expand and rule many more towns. I am forbidden by the Critic's Little Rule Book from naming the volume, but if you've made a guess after seeing numerous billboards stating RELIGION IS POWER, you may have guessed right...The Hughes brothers have a vivid way with imagery here, as in their earlier films such as Menace II Society and the underrated From Hell. The film looks and feels good, and Washington's performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The ending is "flawed," as we critics like to say, but it's so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that (a) it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or (b) at least it avoids being predictable...Now do yourself a favor and don't talk to anybody about the film if you plan to see it.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer The Book of Eli employs the genre conventions of the western to make mythic its principal character.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Establishing its storytelling rules clearly and well, the film simply is better, and better-acted, than the average end-of-the-world fairy tale

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