Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, American science fiction

The Book of Eli (2010, United States)

2010United States

Categories: post-apocalyptic realitysurvival science fiction2010s sci-fi


The Book of Eli  2010 sci-fi movie

Running time: 120 minutes

Language: English

Thirty years after nuclear apocalypse a lonesome wanderer travels through wastelands of California. The bare desert left by the war forces people to cope with extremely hard conditions - lack of water, lack of food, overwhelming sunlight that caused some people to lose sight. During his journey the traveler stumbles upon a woman, who seems to be in some sort of troubles, but when he approaches her it turns out she is part of ambush prepared by few thugs, who rob the people naive enough to get involved. But this time they are up for a tough case, because not only the traveler is armed in sword-like weapon, but he is skilled enough to kill all of them without even being scratched. He continues his travel and stumbles upon a remnants of a city, where everything is covered on dust and small group of people just tries to survive under command of charismatic Carnegie. He is a leader of the gang, who controls the city, nothing is going on around here without his knowledge. But Carnegie has a weak point - he is obsessed with finding a book and pressurizes his thugs to find it. Not just any book - after the war people were convinced that Bible was one of the reasons the war has started, so they have burned all the copies. Carnegie is convinced there must be at least a single copy left and is desperate to get his hands on one to use Bible in building the new society. The lone traveler happens to have a copy of Bible, but he will not just give it up.

Set in post-apocalyptic reality The Book of Eli offers mixture of sci-fi and religious motifs, which is intriguing at the beginning, but quickly fades away. Interesting premise to the story is replaced with long scenes and deliberations about the meaning of Bible (some of which make very little sense in the context) and finally it leads to an unusual ending (that also makes very little sense). It is really a shame that the film starts so impressive, but at the end turns out to be an empty shell of a story.



Our rating

5.6 / 10


Overall rating

5 / 10


Reality complexity

3 / 5


Adventure

4 / 5


Story complexity

2 / 5



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Creators of The Book of Eli


Albert Hughes films

director


Allen Hughes films

director


Gary Whitta films

screenplay



Cast of The Book of Eli


Denzel Washington films
as Eli

Mila Kunis films
as Solara

Gary Oldman films
as Carnegie

Ray Stevenson films
as Redridge

Jennifer Beals films
as Claudia

Evan Jones films
as Martz

Frances de la Tour films
as Martha

Michael Gambon films
as George

Tom Waits films
as Engineer

Malcolm McDowell films
as Lombardi


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