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The Book of Eli (2010)

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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.

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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

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Cast

Gary Oldman
as Carnegie
Mila Kunis
as Solara
Ray Stevenson
as Redridge
Tom Waits
as Engineer
Chris Browning
as Hijack Leader
Lateef Crowder
as Hijacker/Construction Thug
Keith Davis
as Hijacker
Lora Martinez Cunningham
as Young Woman Hijacker
Scott Wilder
as Middle-Aged Man
Heidi Pascoe
as Middle-Aged Woman
Spencer Sano
as Biker/Town Thug
Scott Michael Morgan
as Construction Thug Leader
Sala Baker
as Construction Thug
Arron Shiver
as Bartender
Justin Tade
as Town Doctor
Mike Seal
as Door Guard
Richard Smith
as Orpheum Patron
Paul Crawford
as Town Thug
Edward A. Duran
as Town Thug
David Wald
as Town Thug
Kofi Elam
as Convoy Thug
Kofi W. Elam
as Convoy Thug
Al Goto
as Convoy Thug
Clay Fontenot
as Convoy Thug
Brad Martin
as Convoy Thug
Tim Rigby
as Convoy Thug
Luis Bordonada
as Carnegie Gunman #1
Robert Powell
as Carnegie Gunman #2
Angelique Midthunder
as Gatling Gun Gunner
Todd Schneider
as Caddy Driver
Darrin Prescott
as Suburban Driver
Laurence Chavez
as Ice Cream Truck Driver
Brian Lucero
as Alcatraz Guard
David Midthunder
as Alcatraz Soldier
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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
Film.com
Top Critic

t's a post-apocalyptic western, it's an evangelical tract, it's a road movie, it's a martial arts movie, it's a disaster movie, it's a graphic novel. It's equal parts The Road and The Robe, A Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Fury. It's Mad Max meets Left Be

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Washington doesn't look as if he's having much fun, and who can blame him?

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

I'm not going to give it away, but there's a final plot twist in this movie that is beyond absurd.

January 19, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Really, it's just another prophet-in-the-wilderness tale -- not nearly as bad as those trailers would suggest, yet neither will your soul run any risk of enlightenment.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Allen and Albert Hughes have created a plausible post-apocalyptic world.

January 15, 2010
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Book of Eli

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
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

15/06/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

½

A lone traveller through the post-apocalyptic wastelands of the United States is pursued by the ruler of a ramshackle society who believes a book he carries is the key to expanding his empire. The Book Of Eli is basically a western done in the style of The Road. It contains the usual mix of desolate wastelands populated by Mad Max wannabes shot through high contrast filters, punctuated with occasional bursts of violence to keep the multiplex audiences in their seats in good time for the Hughes brothers to deliver their aimless sermon about the meaning of the word of God. Or something. Eli's book is a slightly clunky metaphor for organised religion and the idea of a malevolent ruler intending to use it to control the population for his own nefarious purposes is actually quite an interesting one. Unfortunately the script is wishy washy and unfocussed, preferring a weak "twist" to any meaningful conclusion leading to the film petering out to a whimper. The superior cast certainly keep it watchable for its duration but the disappointing "finale" makes it all seem empty and pointless. In the end the Hughes brothers aimed for Mad Max Plus and ended up with The Postman 2.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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