Walking into The Book of Eli, I was not really expecting much. It basically looked like a cheap Mad Max knock-off with religious overtones, probably mixing in some Children of Men. But maybe it was because I wasn’t expecting much that movie turned out decent. Not too good, but decent.
Denzel Washington stars as a lone wanderer named Eli (at least that is what the tag says, he also has great teeth) traveling across American Wasteland to the west with the only copy of the Bible left, supposedly. Roughly, thirty years ago, America, and presumably the world, has been left a wasteland due to some catastrophic fallout, maybe nuclear. Anyways, along the way Eli stumbles into a town resembling those of the Old West, whose mayor/leader Carnegie, is played by Gary Oldman, who covets books, looking for one in particular to stretch his rule (guess which one). There is also Mila Kunis, the daughter of Carnegie’s concubine, who looks great given the post-apocalyptic setting. She ends up following Eli to the west. Read the rest of this entry »