Reviewed Jul 17, 2012
Ruy Vasquez’s review:
Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
Being that this movie came out during the "new year" period of 2010 already made it susceptible to bad preconceptions. What with Oscar season in full sway and all the best movies of the previous years stealing the limelight and the summer blockbusters being five months away, it isn't uncommon for generally weak films to premiere. The Book of Eli unfortunately suffers from this a bit.
It's story is typical with most post-apocalyptic movies. That being a lone wanderer on a journey who is obstructed by an outside force. The Book of Eli uses many general plot devices, at times is predictable, and concludes with a questionable ending.
That being said, The Book of Eli must be credited for its strengths. Its cast contains a line-up of good actors who give solid performances (namely Gary Oldman). Added on to that, the film showcases a cool cinematic style that makes it pleasing to watch as well as contribute to the overall mood of the film, which although is centered around The Bible isn't particularly religiously focused. The overall theme of keeping faith with your beliefs despite your obstacles sends a powerful message.
This movie is by no means a perfect film. However, if the viewer can look past the overall weak plot and enjoy the solid acting, sleek visual style, as well as cool action scenes, they will find it to be quite entertaining.