This whole post-apocalyptic thing is getting old
Reviewed by tmeyer for The Book of Eli at 2010-08-11 04:44:36
I hate to be a whiner, but an awful lot of The Book of Eli - not the plot but some of the elements and inhabitants of the barren, broken world - are blatantly ripped off from Cormac McCarthy's The Road. The Road is way better. Read it.
On its own terms, The Book of Eli isn't a bad film, it just kind of devolves into nothing special from an interesting, religiously inspired premise. I liked Denzel and Oldman in this - they didn't create iconic heroes or villains but they were fairly charismatic and they squared off very nicely. The action was no better than ok, but it was diverting. The end of the film had a nice twist that was completely unnecessary but also very much caught me off guard. The best thing about this movie were the incredibly striking visuals and landscape created by the Hughes Brothers. Two thumbs up to the art director of this movie. The Book of Eli is mildly engaging but it eventually becomes a pretty standard chase/action movie, which robs it of any real soul or memorability. And it was blatantly ripped off from Cormac McCarthy. Just saying.
The hound lost the scent on this one
Reviewed by K-hill for Enchanted at 2008-03-28 00:24:04
Disney pokes fun of its "happily ever after" fantasy machine; but playing out this sentiment in the somewhat more real world of NYC is a bit smarter than the hound sniffed out. Agree the ending wasn't the best, but the movie was a treat.
Not a typical review here, but rather a comment about the running theme in the movie. This actually helped inspire me to begin running. The apparent freedom Gump achieved from his running was the most effective part of this theme. Kind of like the "runner's high," which really does exist. And if you like shrimp, pick up the Forest Gump Cookbook -- try the shrimp cake recipe.
Where is Steve Carrell when you need him.
Reviewed by Yipperbore for Cast Away at 2008-03-10 10:57:24
This movie wasn't terrible nor was it as good as it could have been. If they would re-cast this film using Steve Carrell--I'm thinking of his Anchorman roll--this movie would be a real hit. imagine two hours of Steve saying "I love ball" and trying to explain to the flora and fauna how he has a party in his pants and everyone is invited. Good times..