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Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death 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. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Denzel Washington is Eli, who keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland... and into explosive conflict with a resourceful warlord (Gary Oldman) set on possessing the book. "We walk by faith, not by sight," quotes Eli. Under the taut direction of the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society), those words hit home with unexpected meaning and power.
With unflappable cool and surprising gentleness, Denzel Washington strides a bleak and barren world in The Book of Eli. Eli is headed west, but on the way, he passes devastation and squalor, and occasionally he must mete out some devastation of his own with a sharp blade. But when he arrives in what passes for a town in this dust-and-ash future, the power-hungry owner of the town's bar, Carnegie (Gary Oldman, looking a million years old), covets his one important possession. (Spoiler alert, sort of: it becomes apparent pretty quickly that it's a King James Bible.) Conflict ensues! Though the plot is simple and the "mystery" of the book doesn't last long, The Book of Eli is carried along effortlessly by its star. Washington has always had a compelling mixture of authority and tenderness, and it's this latter quality that makes this contribution to the testosterone-and-violence-drenched post-apocalyptic subgenre unexpectedly human. The script, while not particularly original, has effective dialogue and is smart enough not to explain too much. The supporting actors--including Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Jennifer Beals (who hasn't aged a day since Flashdance), and Ray Stevenson (Rome)--are all capable and easy on the eyes. The movie's bleached-out, sepia-tone look isn't new either, but it suits the subject matter. Anyone who wants to be offended by the movie's spiritual conclusion would be wiser to enjoy the subversive insinuation that religion can enslave as much as save. All in all, a competent action movie with some enjoyably atypical elements. --Bret Fetzer
I have introduced this movie to everyone I could get to sit down and watch it. I have seen it at least 4 times and loved it each time. Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Lindtner
Brilliant performance for Denzel Washington.
I loved it.....It's just brilliant....Amazing writing....The ending was perfect :-).
Love this movie, had to buy it. Post apocalyptic movies are always fun to see from someone else's view. Also helps some people understand faith.Published 6 days ago by josh
This is one of Denzel's best movies. It does have violence and bad language so definitely not for children younger than 17 years old in my way of thinking.Published 7 days ago by shebehisgirl
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|Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy||
no, right now i have a bluray player at my house, and not at my fiancee's, so i really like the combo pack of all three. i get my bluray for me, a dvd for her place and for other friends houses, and then a digial for my lappy for everywhere else, these are the packs that i seek out. i can see... Read More
May 9, 2010 by Z. Klotz | See all 20 posts
|Is Amazon still selling the combo pack?||
I noticed this with Clash of the Titans (2010) as well. Both of these movies had the price drop to $14.99 but it looks like they lost the DVD + Digital Copy in the process. Can anyone confirm?
Nov 21, 2010 by wilder | See all 5 posts
|Plz answer 1 query, and I'll like the film||
Continuing along in Spoiler Land:
Though I agree with the KFC wipe bit, you all do understand that even from the title of the movie, this is intended to echo the stories in the Bible, correct? The title refers both to the physical book that Eli carries, as well as the story as though it were... Read More
Aug 1, 2010 by T. S. Higgins | See all 28 posts
|Digital Copy Expires June 13th, 2011||
I purchased this along with the Bloodsport/Timecop BD and I did not receive it with the slipcover. Nor did either disc come with a sticker seal. Do all eco cases come without the seal? It was wrapped in the factory plastic (instead of shrink wrap), but had no seal on top. I even opened the... Read More
May 17, 2011 by GNEE'd | See all 2 posts
|I have seen this movie before...||
From the number of 5-star reviews, I'll say Plot A is being made.
Aug 5, 2010 by English Bulldog | See all 2 posts
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