The Book of Eli

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July 16, 2010 by DJ Elroy

I’d really dug the trailers for this one but missed it’s theater showing… And I’d forgotten about it completely until  The Girl brought it over. But I’m glad she reminded me…

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (think “Mad Max“, or for you gamers, “Fallout 3“), you’ll notice right away the saturation and drab colors and desolation… And this works in creating a successful ambiance.

The players: Denzel Washington shines in the leading role and is a perfect cast for the part. Gary Oldman is a great contrast and works his evil mojo. And spank-material Mila Kunis is the annoying tag-along (like she is in almost everything else).

The story is pretty predicable with a few minor twists, but it was good to see an underlying religious message presented in a fresh way. Usually we’re just beat over the head with the Ideas; this time the story actually comes first. And makes one think.

The camerawork is great, locations are good, and the ambiance is well-delivered. The action is well-choreographed and the scenes are well polished. Not sure what more I can say; it’s a pretty simple premise but it delivers nonetheless.

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