This is a post-catastophe tale of (surprisingly) the fate of a book. The performances completely carry the film; both Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman are terrific. The cinematography is excellent with a burned out, stark and barren landscape. Religious overtones are definitely present, but they are at a tolerable level where you can decide how much to read into it. It is a conflicting presence, on one side we see that all religious books have been destroyed because religion was the cause of the war and present fate of mankind, and also that people still seek it to use as a weapon to control the weak and feeble minded. And then there is the other side of blind faith, and a man inspired to protect what he thinks will bring peace and hope to struggling humanity. The score was fantastic. It had a jarring, unsettling quality that blended perfectly with the danger fraught wasteland. There were some serious issues with the story, however. The revelation about Eli at the end makes a lot of what happened seem highly implausible. The fight scenes seemed straight out of a samurai movie. Why are a bunch of weary, ragtag survivors wielding their machetes, chainsaws, etc. in such a graceful and perfectly choreographed way? Also, at times the lighting seemed nonexistent. It was more like watching a shadow play, but I suppose was meant to fit in with the overall gritty and repressive atmosphere. An entertaining, if flawed, film that was worth watching, but I doubt I will be revisiting it.