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A good post-apocalyptic tale,
This review is from: The Book of Eli [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The post-apocalypse sub-genre of science fiction has always been a place I like to go. I'll give movies of this type some slack I wouldn't always give other kinds, so that even a relatively weak post-apoc flick like Doomsday (in which Malcolm McDowell appeared, as he does here) still has its interesting moments. But if it's a good one such as I Am Legend, I'm really into it bigtime. So I've been eagerly anticipating The Book of Eli from the time the first trailers appeared, and now that I've seen it there were many things about it I liked. Start with the mythic prophet main character. His super-heroic weapons skills showed there was something unique about him early on. Those scenes were generally pretty cool, and they were spread out pretty well over the length of the film. (Any more fight scenes would have bored me.) Eli's story plays out with a kind of grim determinism, although it also has hopeful elements as well. I was glad I wasn't previously familiar with the story, as the major revelations about the Book in the final act were a complete surprise. Mr. Washington was an excellent choice for the lead. Other roles were well cast too, including (to my surprise) Jennifer Beals as the blind mistress of Gary Oldman's bad boss character. Oldman himself struck just the right notes of ego, madness & desperation. Anyway, as far as the post-apoc nature of the movie, it provides fascinating glimpses of which possessions would be really valuable in such a world (ex., chapstick yes; cigarette lighter, not so much), and other aspects of survival felt very authentic throughout the film. All in all, it wasn't quite the adventure I was expecting (with occasional pacing issues), but I still found it to be an enjoyable viewing experience.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2010 4:45:37 PM PDT
Is there a rule in Hollywood that all post-apocalypse movies have to be shot with the brown tint effect? Do directors even know how to shoot a movie in full color anymore.
Posted on Aug 15, 2010 4:59:57 AM PDT
Is hackneyed appropriate? "Awful" is the fallout from this bomb. Yikes! The Road and this are pitiful. Denzel Washington is like the bait in a joke of a movie.
Posted on Oct 3, 2010 4:14:41 AM PDT
Andalusian Dog says:
I am legend was awful. I had to find some of the films you enjoyed to see your tastes bc I wondered why you were down on The Social Network. I love sic-fi myself and considered I am Legend and Book of Eli utterly forgettable unrealistic nonsense. The Road was far better and isn't really sic fi at all. The apocalypse will not have ninjas when it comes, or Will Smith battling 80s style intelligent CGI zombies.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2010 4:21:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2010 5:19:11 AM PDT
William Merrill says:
If you only like science fiction that is "realistic," there must be very little you like. Since a lot of science fiction is based on faster-than-light space travel outside of our solar system, and scientists don't think that will ever happen, you've ruled out very much sci fi with your realism requirement. I suggest you also stay away from anything involving time travel, "transporters" that "beam" people from place to place, and alien races who speak perfect English. (Or even alien races at all for that matter.)
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 7:47:19 AM PST
Sue P. Norris says:
Book of Eli is an excellent movie.
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