Book of Eli delivers

Anthony Scianna, Entertainment Manager

“The Book of Eli” is a post apocalyptic action movie starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. It was released on January 15, 2010 and also stars Mila Kunis and Jennifer Beals.

Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, Eli (Washington) is on a mission to the west coast line. He travels by foot and carries around a book along with normal survival supplies. He has incredible fighting and survival skills and shows them numerous times in the movie through fight scenes and hunting.

Looking for a source of water he arrives in a town which is run by Carnegie (Oldman). Carnegie has been on a search for one specific book since the apocalypse, and when he learns Eli might have the book he’s looking for he tries to use force to take it. While in the town Eli meets Solara (Kunis) while hes at a bar refilling his water. She is also the daughter of Carnegie’s blind wife Claudia (Beals). After refusing to give Carnegie the book he gets into a gunfight with his henchmen and leaves the city. Solara follows him with the hope of accompanying him on his journey.

Along with some interesting secrets about Eli and his mission and some twists along the way “The Book of Eli” is a good movie with an interesting concept. The action is great, from massive fist fights turning into knife fights to gun fights. Moments that would be in slow motion in most movies are shown in real time which gives the fight scene an authentic feel and is a good alternative to most action movies

Another good part about “The Book of Eli” is the cast. Denzel Washington does a great job as Eli, and Gary Oldman plays a very convincing villain with some good motives but one giant bad motive. But Mila Kunis was the best addition to the cast. She does a great job in the movie and works really well with Washington. She was definitely the right role for the film, as the character seemed like it was written for her specifically. The movie is a little bit religious, with Eli being extremely religious and teaching Solara about religion, but its not overly religious.

The ending is interesting and really brings the whole movie together, as the movie is a different look at a post-apocalyptic world, and not like the usual films or video games with the same basis. There were some parts of the story that could have been explained more, along with some parts that seemed useless and shouldn’t have been included. It’s probably a little bit too religious based for some people and some might not appreciate the real time action sequences. All in all “The Book of Eli” is an enjoyable movie, even if you’re just in it for the action.