LOVEFiLM Review: The Book Of Eli (2009)

In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water — or for nothing at all. A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It’s not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive—and continue.

The Book of Eli was one of those films I wanted to see but missed at the cinema. So, was it worth waiting until now to see it? Well it’s bit of a 50/50 really.

Essentially the film is just walking with bursts of violent action. Thats the film in its basic state but its actually like that! Eli (Denzel Washington) is trying to get to the west coast to deliver a very important book and nothing will stop in his way.

I liked the visual look of the film with lots of grey and dust, you can almost feel your lips being chapped whilst watching. Denzel Washington is pretty bad ass as well. Good cast as well in the shape of Mila Kunis, Tom Waits, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Beals and Gary Oldman as the main ‘villain’.

I guess I liked The Book of Eli, it looked good and the plot twist was okay. Mila Kunis looked great as usual. It was a bit crazy as well. If your looking for a slow burner with flashes of action then this is for you.


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