One of the biggest selling points in this film is that it gives you enough essence of a character to make you care about that character. You may want to see the character live or die, but you have an interest. The story’s ability to involve you is what makes it stand out
from the growing list of post-apocalyptic survivor films of the “Mad Max” genre.
Denzel Washington’s Eli is not a cartoon hero, early on he sees a woman in distress, what he does tells you this is not your standard superhero at work.
The outstanding talents of Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis ( the voice of Meg on “The Family Guy” TV show), Jennifer Beals and Tom Waits, helps make this a movie worth leaving the house to see.
They don’t quite know how to handle the end of the movie, but that is a forgivable sin, in a story that concerns the possibility of the entire world coming to an end.
I was at the early show and I had to sit in the second row, I think this level of large audiences will be the norm for quite awhile.
COMMENTS: R. K. IN BROOKLYN ---
Just back from seeing BOOK OF ELI, Denzel at 55 still rules the screen. Suspend reality in a dismal, daunting presentation & enjoy the focus on the power of faith & the stellar performances. Is there a better screen villain in recent time then Gary Oldman?
Remember his famous line from "The Professional" where he was the drug fueled crooked narc & he yelled to an underling during the climatic confrontaion, when he needed help with
the well armed hitman:
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