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The Book of Eli

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The Book of Eli

Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A man travels across a post-apocalyptic America carrying a book believed to hold the key to mankind's future. He encounters trouble in a desolate town and finds himself pursued by a despotic leader who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the text. Action adventure, starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Albert Hughes
Director Allen Hughes
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Other Information

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


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