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The Book of Eli (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's certainly uneven, and many viewers will find that its reach exceeds its grasp, but The Book of Eli finds the Hughes brothers injecting some fresh stylish fun into the kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filmgoers have seen more than enough of lately.

Movie Info

In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell and Dead Presidents). Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson co-star in the Warner Bros. production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R (for some brutal violence and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gary Whitta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 2010
Box Office: $94.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Book of Eli

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (41)

The Hughes brothers' film feels more vibrant than the bleak Road, which was launched at us in November. Here the brothers show us the horror but somehow the staid and calm Denzel feels more approachable than the distraught and scrambling Viggo.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

"The Book of Eli" falls prey to several of the problems that "The Road" had, and while it wasn't as big a failure as that film, it's still a lot of apocalyptic wasteland to get through.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

The ending of this film has got to be the longest ending in the history of cinema.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

I sat down to The Book of Eli expecting a lecture, and was instead treated to a rollicking action film that evoked the manic ultra-violence of Mad Max rather than the sensitive study of humanity of The Road.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

The prophet Denzel practices his preach in the post-apocalyptic western The Book of Eli. Jesus will not be pleased.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

...a watchable endeavor that should please fans of the genre...

Full Review… | July 24, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Book of Eli


A post apocalyptic hell with plenty of faith thrown in. Good action sequences and the books twist at the end made me smile.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Among the cliches and bad acting there is a good story in The Book of Eli. I like a good post-apocalyptic movie but I hate the now cliched post-apocalyptic gangs on Motorcycles, everyone being mean to each other etc , I liked the idea of the Bible being a weapon of sorts though, a way to control that only those born before the 'event' understand. It's quite a clever idea but it gets ridiculously preachy. Sure, save what you can but the whole 'God sent me' storyline is stupid (yeah, thanks for the Apocalypse God, very nice of you, cheers!). Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman are ok, Oldman maybe just a little on the wrong side of over the top but both are in the clear compared to Mila Kunis's performance. Honestly, they should have just animated Meg in there and had done with it. Was that Michael Gambon? I didn't even notice, maybe because I was a little bored towards the end, although I liked the Gary Oldman ending but not the Washington ending so much. *Spoiler* I'm sure if you were to re-watch the film you'd find a scene where Washington obviously isn't blind but who can really be bothered.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it.

Saw it again! Great Movie! This movie really gets into the religious side of life and it shows how many people lose faith in each other, with others, and towards god especially meanwhile there's others too that do whatever it takes to defend there faith no mattter what. There's a clear message behind this movie even though it's kinda harsh and rebellious but the movie really delivers and demonstrate how even though people are how they are they can change with a book and a little faith.

Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years, walking west across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. Eli is a peaceful man who only acts in self defense, and becomes a warrior with unbelievable killing skills when he is challenged. After the war and the "Big Flash", Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book with his life, because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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