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The Book of Eli

6.81 h 57 min2010X-Ray15
Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west on a mission he doesn’t fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Eli keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into explosive conflict with a resourceful warlord set on possessing the book.
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Ray StevensonJennifer BealsMichael GambonTom Waits
Brad ArensmanYolanda T. CochranSusan DowneyNoam DromiEthan ErwinBroderick JohnsonAndrew A. KosoveErik Olsen
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4.6 out of 5 stars

5672 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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Pabby BommoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too much of a stretch.
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This could have been a much better film if it was based on a man trying to save 'The Lord Of The Rings' or any other work of fiction that wasn't trying to pretend to be non-fiction.

Denzel Washington is always good, as is Gary Oldman, but the subject matter is just too out there to really make a good film.

When we know that many parts of the Bible are inaccurate and other parts have been added hundreds of years later by people who wished to embellish certain aspects, it is impossible to drag oneself along with the storyline.

The only people who could truly enjoy a film like this are those who are deluded enough to take the Bible literally. Those people have to have closed their minds to the reality of the proven fraudulence that has been found throughout the book.
18 people found this helpful
G. ReesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not at all what I was expecting
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I have avoided this film since it was made thinking it sounded a bit boring and as the reviews were mixed. However, it turned out to be one of the best films I've watched this year (Joker aside). I love the photography, the use of colour and the pacing, I loved the fact that the film was story dominated whilst the action sequences were still believable. I felt character development was very good and can't really find many negatives. Maybe the Alcatraz leader was a bit unconvincing but I liked the idea even if I had to suspend my disbelieve in its practicality. I went in with very modest expectations but would certainly watch the film again in a few years' time (assuming I'm still about). Spaghetti western meets Mad Max I think sums its up. Best performances from Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman (as always) and whoever played Solara. Nice touch with Frances de la Tour and Michael Gambon. I wish I had seen it on the big screen but glad to finally see it.
9 people found this helpful
John HorneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Promising start, disappointing middle and awful ending.
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The start was promising, with some great fight scenes and on the whole, it was well filmed with some great cinematography. Washington played his role well, as did Oldman as Carnegie, however Mila Kunis who anyone who watches 'Family Guy' could tell was the voice of Meg Griffin wasn't good at all. The fact she is the voice of Meg also made me unable to take her seriously, but thats probably just me. I enjoyed the film at the start up until it becomes apparent that 'the book' is in fact the Bible. The fact that the whole film was based around this alienated a lot of people who may be atheist or even if they were Christian, as it was completely hypocritical that Eli killed maybe 100s of people in order to keep the book. Is this in-keeping with Christianity? Well, now the ending. It just about had it for me when we found out that Eli was blind. This put the great fighting scenes that i mentioned earlier in a poorer light for me, as we realised he was supposed to be fighting several people single handedly whilst blind?? Completely ridiculous. as was the fact that he was shot in the stomach, and then 5 minutes later back on the road with some duck tape over the wound. On the whole, its maybe worth seeing if you don't mind contradictory and frankly ridiculous plot twists, hearing Meg Griffin's voice throughout a supposedly tense and serious film and of course, if you don't mind killing 100s of people for the possession of a Bible written in braille.
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SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't know why this has got such high ratings as apart from Denzel, it is just the regurgitation of all movies of same theme and equally as dull. If you want to watch a good apocalyptic film, watch The Road.
11 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Acting is good, music fits well, but the dialogue in the 2nd half is very poorly written, and the visuals get repetitive. I also don't like how much of the film is pandering to Christians, because they are the only ones who could see the effort the characters expended as being worthwhile. I'm not trying to be insulting, but I think after the apocalypse, there are more important books to save than a flipping Bible! Considering they are short of water all the time, and the only water source for the town is a cave, how about a book telling you how to dig a Well?

I did enjoy the first half of the film, but after that it solely relies upon the viewers fascination with the Bible, and if you don't share that belief it ultimately holds no value.
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LumosReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film with an uplifting message
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I'd like to remind the haters that the Bible is what built the western world as we know it, and every other book—even the Lord of the Rings, as another commenter suggests, as much of a titan of literature and a personal favourite of mine Tolkien might be—would be very much insignificant by comparison.

"The Book of Eli" presents a story about true faith, demonstrated by our protagonist, placed against those seeking to abuse faith for their own selfish means, as seen in the antagonist. Gary Oldman in particular is fantastic in his role as the evil "mayor" of his miserable town, initially appearing almost convincingly like a regular man who is trying to improve things for his people*. That façade quickly falls away to reveal the gnarly truth underneath. As is said in Corinthians, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." Evil often pretends it's good. (* Assuming, of course, that him reading Mussolini wasn't supposed to paint a big "I'm bad" sign on his forehead.)

Denzel is also great as the tortured wanderer devoted to a higher cause, and seems a perfect fit for his role. Mila Kunis, who acts as a supporting deuteragonist, does fine with what she's given, though I'd say she seems a little too clean (literally) for this post-apocalyptic environment where all water comes at a premium. But that might just be a nitpick on my part.

It has to be noted that the film features a number of surprisingly gruesome action scenes that are well shot and choreographed, the first one being almost stylised in execution, with Eli fighting a bunch of guys in the darkness under a bridge.

The premise itself does require some suspension of disbelief: after "the war", all Bibles were destroyed, and Eli is the custodian of the presumably-last copy in existence. I find that hard to imagine, given that the Bible is the world's most read book. But that's okay. As for how Eli survived all his trials and tribulations... well, as Jesus said, "all things are possible to him who believes". :)

Indeed, I'd posit the plot of the film is best considered metaphorically. It's about the power of faith to stand in the face of evil and triumph, even if the odds are insurmountable and all has fallen into ruin beside you. It's about rising above the evil around you, and your own self, to do something good.

That said, "The Book of Eli" is not some sort of masterpiece, or some profound philosophical treatise; it's a post-apocalyptic action film with edgy violence but a slightly deeper meaning. That's all. That doesn't stop it from being very entertaining and worth a watch (and a thought).

P.S.: Christ is King.
BorisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 August 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Impressive and, regrettably, unlikely
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Solid drama in the vein of Mad Max. Denzel Washington does typically high-quality work as the eponymous wanderer in a grim post-apocalyptic America. Gifted with near supernatural survival talents, he attracts the attention of a rogues gallery of villains including the equally erstwhile Gary Oldman who wants Eli for the mystical book that he carries. No real prizes for guessing what it is.

There's a strong supporting cast including Malcolm McDowell, Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour, though Mila Kunis spends most of the film looking as if she's mildly upset about being separated from Instagram. The cinematography is delicious and the tensions high through strong direction, but the big reveal renders everything before it rather unlikely - even by post-apocalyptic sci-fi standards.
lroo22Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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a very weak plot, actually that's not true at all. No plot, but a vague story for the christian fundamentalists and sundry believers in invisible friends.
The worst though is the utterly cliche ( maybe that not a word that Hollywood is familiar with) of almost every aspect of the film, from the ludicrous post apocalypse word, the Mad Max cars, the oki cannibals to the pointless ending.
All i will say is that I am astounded that anyone thought this should have been funded.

Don't bother unless you are 12
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