Book of Eli Movie Reviews
User reviews on Book of Eli
This movie is pretty disappointing. You expect more when you have huge stars like Washington in the movie.
I agree with what James Wang said about how Denzel should have been much thinner. I found myself thinking the same thing. Nothing makes a movie seem fake more than characters not fitting their roles. How could he have been 25 - 35 pounds overweight if he had been on the road burning calories and eating only high protein / low fat food for 30 years? It was utterly ridiculous. I wonder if they asked him to loose weight and he refused. He may have been even heavier and shed 10 - 20 pounds for the role. Who knows.
The ending was interesting but when you look back at the film it seems highly unlikely to be plausable in most of the scenes. I won't give away what the big secret is but it didn't fit well with the movie that came before it.
I also agree with James Wang on the foreshadowing at the end. Holy crap is it pathetic. I heard at least 5 people laugh or make "good lord" sighing sounds as they saw the ending.
I would wait for the DVD for this one.
Wow, after watching this movie, I'll need a "wet-nap" to wipe the stench off of my body.
I am a huge Denzel and Gary Oldman fan, but this movie must have been quite an embarrassment to them at the premiere. It's basically a B movie version of a bad spaghetti western with a few A list actors. The Hughes bros., the screen writer, the DP and the Art/Design director all need to go back to film school. Or watch Mad Max a few hundred more times.
As a man who's walked for 30 yrs, with little food or water, Denzel should have been about 30lbs lighter. fat pay check or not. Some long shaggy dreads would have also been more appropriate and visually more interesting. The fight scenes are a far cry from the current Hong Kong Style/ Bourne Identity standard.
And don't even get me started on the ridiculous ending, and the ridiculous foreshadowing after the ridiculous ending.
Would not even recommend a Redbox rental on this stinker. Youch!! Pun intended.
Disclosure...my first ever online movie review, that's how disappointed I was.
A DEEP movie about loyalty, faith and sacrifice. Denzel Washington finally doing a movie that goes with his beliefs! This movie has class and shows the true modern battle of good vs evil. People do the craziest things in times of survival- this movie will have you puzzled until the end! Not Denzel's BEST MOVIE EVER but still a great movie!
All I can say is DEEP! This movie is DEEP!
This movie is good for the most part. But the underlying message is this. Read the bible. Learn it and memorize it. That is what the whole movie is about. But the plot thickens at the end we have to care about others.
I saw a book of eli at mall of america in the new d-box seats. Those are the ones that move to the movie. Anyway I think we should all demand a refund for this very bad movie, I fell to sleep twice and my friend fell to sleep once. It felt like it took wahington for ever to get to the end of this movie. He is a very good actor in other movies but this movie I think he had a stroke or something. Thee worst movie I have ever saw in my life. Sorry washington.
There's something about a character that doesn't say much. Maybe it's the silence that makes him seem stronger, more intriguing than someone who does nothing but talk. Or maybe it's like Abraham Lincoln once said, "Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt." The silent loner is iconic in American cinema, probably reaching its apex with Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's westerns. Now Denzel Washington takes on this archetype in THE BOOK OF ELI.
Washington stars as Eli, walking through a post apocalyptic wasteland with the only remaining Bible. He wanders into a town run by Gary Oldman's Carnegie, who feels that gaining possession of the good book will allow him to expand his empire. The story is a spin on any number of familiar westerns, and normally, this kind of recycling would bother me. However, I found the Allen and Albert Hughes' film injected with enough originality that I overlooked the script's rehashing of cliches. The look and feel of this gutted world was the first thing that caught my attention. After the overly detailed Avatar, this film is a nice counter point. It strips away everything that makes this world beautiful to create a dirty, scorched earth that in its own way is just as beautiful. I also admired the film's take on religion. Most movies today shy away from making any mention of religion, but when you're central MacGuffin is the Bible, you don't really have a choice. And the Hughes brothers, along with the writers, don't shy away from saying that there are (GASP!) positive aspects to God and religion. Then there is Washington, one of the great actors of our time. He continues to prove that he can pretty much play anything.
Usually, the more movies that come out in a specific genre (in this case, the apocalyptic action film), the more the later films suffer. This isn't the case with Eli. This film is better than those that preceded it. Unintentionally, it may strike the nail in the coffin of the genre, as those that come after may not be able to live up.
It seems that most of the people who saw this movie don't have an idea of good movie with a spiritual tick in it. This movie is a very good inspirational l movie, maybe at times kind of boring and violent but if you know the true meaning of being an Christian or being a person who believes, you know that these people are always being attacked about their faith and believe. Washington portraits a good example of always being attacked while he goes on his journey but always willing to help a "friend" in need.
This movie needs interpretation for most but for some, the message in the movie is very clear.... Don't go see the movie with the conception that it is a "gospel" or christian movie but just a movie with a message. And the message you will find out for yourself....