Film Review - The Book of Eli

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: March 18, 2020

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Film Review - The Book of Eli (2010) by Allen Henriquez

Written by: Gary Whitta

Produced by: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes

Directed by: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes

 

The story of a man, Eli (Denzel Washington), crossing the American landscape after a nuclear holocaust with a goal of getting to the West. Eli’s mission is to deliver a book.

I will begin with a moment in the story that is brilliant. Eli travels with purpose and discipline, however there is a moment where his inner voice overwhelms him, and what seems to be a conscious of inner guilt, places him in a bar, in a life changing, mission altering, circumstance. Eli’s inner spirit seems to drown the caution of his free will at a very high cost.

The visuals (cinematographer Don Burgess) are: gloriously sepia, black and white, evolving into full color. The cast including Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals, Malcolm McDowell, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gamlon are all excellent.

The story at first viewing appears to be another remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) and or Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars. The truth is, the foundation of the Yojimbo storyline can be clearly traced to Dashiell Hammett, and most of his stories and novels, most particularly The Glass Key.

However, the goal of the main character, Eli, which is revealed, is: greater than the desires of desperate human beings and their death, it’s a goal of inspiration, and words to feed the human spirit. The projection of hope, for generations to come, is the lasting story, creating a most memorable film, and a re-examination on the value of applied spiritual intelligence.

 


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