The Book of Eli

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The post-apocalyptic tale The Book of Eli succeeds in entertaining with Denzel Washington as the tough protagonist. It seems however that the film has been written for the cast instead of the script.

The post-apocalyptic tale The Book of Eli succeeds in entertaining with Denzel Washington as the tough protagonist. It seems however that the film has been written for the cast instead of the script.

After the Third World War our planet has been completely destroyed. Eli (Washington) wanders around with a book that can save mankind. The leader of a village he passes made it his mission to acquire the book in order to increase his power. Eli has to escape to keep the book safe, out of the hands of Carnegie (Gary Oldman).

The book acts as a coat hanger for impressive action and chase scenes, though the movie fails to explain how the book is of importance to save the planet. The character of Eli seems to be invincible, which is why the movie never gets terrifying. Even a sword fight against six others does not frighten Eli and when ten people are firing at him while he tries to escape, it looks as if they are shooting blanks. So it is sadly lacking in realism.

Although some of the action scenes are astonishing.One might wonder if the world needs yet another post-apocalyptic story, but the movie is definitely entertaining.

 

Directors: Albert and Allen Hughes

Writer: Gary Whitta

Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis

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