The Book of Eli / Le Livre d'Elie (Bilingual)
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The story essentially breaks down to a good versus evil post-apocalyptic action flick. Performances by Oldman and Washington were what you would expect from such seasoned actors - excellent. I was surprised at Kunis actually. She is not exactly a heavy-weight in terms of acting but her performance in this film was admirable. She will no doubt see many other offers as a result of this movie. While the storyline is a tad predictable the pacing is excellent and almost from the beginning you realize that this is a movie building to a surprise ending. Nevertheless the film never seems to drag (except for a little at the end) and you are invested from beginning to end. Speaking of the end, like I said before it drags a tad but only in the sense that it could have ended successfully in about three places but carries on a bit.
Now to the technical details. I watched the film in glorious Blu-ray and if ever there was a movie made for said format this is it. Wow. You really cannot fully appreciate this film in any other format. The cinematography is like another lead actor that deserves an academy award...it looks that good.Read more ›
Right from the opening sequence, the visually stunning cinematography is a sign of things to come. This movie looks gorgeous in all its greys and sepia tone glory.
The performances are excellent across the board, most notably by Washington and Oldman, who are always great, but also by Mila Kunis who surprised me with a strong, yet subdued performance. Her character adds a lot to the story. Jennifer Beals is also at her best here. All of whom play very engaging characters.
While the plot is far-fetched, especially once you know how it all unfolds, the film remains very entertaining with some extremely well-choreographed fight scenes (in which severed limbs abound!), cool shootouts, and tons of suspenseful drama.
The movie has some religious overtones - an aspect of film making which usually bothers me - but in this case, it's very fitting to the story and it never gets too preachy.
Think of The Book of Eli as a full-throttle, action-filled version of the movie "The Road." (which I also liked.)
The film is dark, grim and unrelenting, shot with almost monochrome harshness. Denzel Washington's performance was brilliant as was Gary Oldman's (has he ever played a goodie?) and the cameo appearances of Frances de la Tour and Michael Gambon were delightful. The storyline was engaging and, without the usual Hollywood formulaic sloppy bits, perfectly matched the moody cinematography.
All-in-all, an excellent film superbly cast and peppered with just enough mysticism & symbolism - a worthy addition to the post-apocalyptic movie genre. The only criticism may be that every character was a bit of a caricature and that, really, the genre hasn't evolved much beyond Thunderdome.
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This movie should be on everyone's collections. Denzel's character has been written for him.Published 3 months ago by Maria V.
I was really surprised when I first saw this movie on a movie channel. I liked the movie soooo much. I decided to make it my own. Really good movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MDK