The Book of Eli

  • 15
  • Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes (2009)
  • US
  • 112 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

In a scorched post-apocalypse America, a lone adventurer fights to keep possession of a book he believes carries sacred powers. With his shades and grey-flecked beard, co-producer/star Denzel Washington certainly cuts an iconic figure in his odyssey through desert landscapes dotted with dangerous marauders. We seem set for a comic-strip amalgam of The Road and Mad Max 2, yet directors the Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell) apply their own distinctive stamp to this curious blend of futuristic western and sombre meditation on the uses and abuses of faith. As the deliberately paced story sets Washington and ruthless Gary Oldman in bloody conflict over the eponymous tome, it's not too hard to guess the identity of the good book in question. In a world of anonymous production-line action flicks, a nod of respect is due to the Hughes boys for sticking to their own idiosyncratic path (watch for jaunty cameos from Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour as cranky survivalists), even if - the credibility-shredding final-reel twist's a particular howler - it's undoubtedly a wayward one.

Plot Summary

Futuristic action drama starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. In a post-apocalypse society where law and order has broken down, a drifter called Eli has dedicated his life to protecting a book that he believes holds the secret to man's survival. But there are those with more sinister motives who desire the book for their own ends.

Cast and crew

Cast

Eli
Denzel Washington
Carnegie
Gary Oldman
Solara
Mila Kunis
Redridge
Ray Stevenson
Claudia
Jennifer Beals
Martha
Frances de la Tour
George
Michael Gambon
Engineer
Tom Waits
Martz
Evan Jones
Hijack leader
Chris Browning
Lombardi
Malcolm McDowell

Crew

Director
Albert Hughes
Director
Allen Hughes

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Jan 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama