The Book of Eli [Short review]
The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic action film directed by the Hughes brothers and starring Denzel Washington as a lone wanderer who carries a sacred book across a desolate wasteland. The film combines elements of the western, religious and martial arts genres, and explores themes of faith, morality and survival. The film has a strong visual style, with a muted color palette and a gritty atmosphere.
The action scenes are well-choreographed and showcase Washington’s skills as a fighter. The film also features a supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals, who deliver solid performances in their roles. The film’s main weakness is its predictable plot, which relies on clichés and twists that are easy to guess.
The film also suffers from some pacing issues, especially in the middle section, where the story drags and loses momentum. The film’s ending is also controversial, as it reveals a major plot point that some viewers may find implausible or disappointing.
The Book of Eli is a decent action film that offers some entertainment value, but it is not a masterpiece of the genre. It is a film that appeals to fans of post-apocalyptic stories and religious symbolism, but it may not satisfy those who are looking for originality or depth.
The film was released theatrically in the United States on January 15, 2010 by Warner Bros. Pictures and Summit Entertainment. It received mixed reviews from critics, but earned $157.1 million in the worldwide box office on a budget of $80 million. The film was nominated for three awards, including Best Sound Editing at the Golden Reel Awards, Best Science Fiction Film at the Saturn Awards, and Best Actor for Denzel Washington at the NAACP Image Awards.