Star/producer Washington plays Eli, a wanderer in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape who guards a mysterious book he believes will redeem mankind. In his divinely inspired trek westward, Eli shoots and slices through thieves, murderers and cannibals. Eventually, he crosses paths with Carnegie (Oldman), a warlord in a small town who covets the book and its power. Caught between the two are Carnegie's minions Claudia (Beals) and her daughter Solara (Kunis). The religious themes and surprise ending earned both scorn and praise for the Hughes brothers. This effort marks the siblings' return to filmmaking after a ten-year hiatus.
This whole post-apocalyptic thing is getting old tmeyer 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.