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Movie review : The Book of Eli

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If you’re a Denzel Washington fan then worst case scenario is you’ll just barely enjoy this film. More than likely you’ll enjoy it a lot. Maybe even love it.

What will probably be the determining factor in what most people think of this film is how well they take to the style that it is filmed in. The lighting is always stark and washed out. It’s almost looks like it was filmed in black and white. The lighting isn’t just for some stylistic impression. It’s that way because this takes place after a nuclear war.

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I personally loved the style and cinematography that was used. Very dramatic, and it sets the mood well for the story that is being told.

As for the story: immediately after the film I would have given it a solid 8-out-of-10. But after thinking about it more and more, I find myself liking the movie more. Usually it’s the other way around. So good work on putting together something that gave us a nice revelation at the end that hardly anyone will see coming. Yeah, you’re going to want to steer clear of any spoilers for this film. If someone starts to tell you how it ends, then just stick a knife through their throat. That’s what Eli would do. 🙂 That being said – now that I know what’s what – I’m looking forward to seeing this movie again on DVD.

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5 responses to “Movie review : The Book of Eli”

  1. A knife in the throat!!!!! What kind of mother raised you…………..can’t wait to see the movie..

  2. Maria Palompo Avatar
    Maria Palompo

    I thoroughly enjoyed this film! I was not interested at first ’cause honestly I didn’t know what it was about. I just knew Denzel is starring. So, I went. Mainly to accompany my hubby. I ended up loving it!

    I, too, after the movie as I thought about it more and more, would give this a BIG 10! It’s way up there! I’m ready to see it again now that I know what happened at the ……….

    1. @Maria, Same here. I want to see it again – probably on DVD.

  3. Yup, a knife in the throat, ‘cuz that’s what good ol’ Eli would do as a devout Christian man……

  4. This movie made our list of group discussions, along with recent “Defiance”. Book of Eli captures the power of social community and the need for order. We relate because this is what we want to see happen to Eli’s Book.
    We intuitively wish the current carriers could be stripped of their trappings surrounding the Book and allow the text become the only power of change, individually and collectively.

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