James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE BOOK OF ELI (12)
D: Allen Hughes & Albert Hughes
Warner Bros/Summit/Alcon (Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson & Denzel Washington)
W: Gary Whitta
DP: Don Burgess
Ed: Cindy Mollo
Mus: Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross & Claudio Sarne
Denzel Washington (Eli), Gary Oldman (Carnegie), Mila Kunis (Solara), Ray Stevenson (Redridge), Jennifer Beals (Claudia), Evan Jones (Martz)
Unfortunately, this was a movie that was ruined for me because I knew something about the plot that added to the dramatic impact of the film's conclusion.
The plot is pretty much Mad Max meets The Postman, starring Denzel Washington as a messenger travelling through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, delivering a book that contains the secret to save humanity.
Visually, the film looks great, with gloomy cinematography and convincing sets & costumes. The performances are also very good.
Perhaps it deserves more than the rating below, because I knew too much, it lacked the payoff that it really should have had.