The Book of Eli

Year Released: 2010
Main Stars: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman
Last watched: June 2011
Number Watches: 1

“It’s not your concern, stay on the path.”

This is worth concerning yourself about. Don’t take another path, watch Denzel at his best here.

Dark, literally, and also very, very bright but not in a humorous way. A little like a modern black and white movie but with a sepia tint and in high contrast. Nicely filmed with great editing and particularly good acting from everyone, I can recommend anyone to watch Book of Eli as it’s a wonderful demonstration of how to make a movie although there isnt much to the story.

I have had a liking for Denzel ever since Man on Fire where his character is much like the one here. He can be an all American sometimes and I hate that vapid nonsense but when he gets to be Mr Subtle he can be a solid, charismatic power of a man and in this one he shows a singluar tour de force.

Book of Eli is mesmeric. Some of the time is spent waiting for the long periods of walking to take us to the next intense dance of the story but between the nicely choreographed episodes of drama is a gallery of blue-grey and flash-white photos strung together. Honestly, all the frames are superb photographs. It’s not surprising to find that there were comic-book artists involved.

Watch out for the camera going through holes in walls and swinging around things. Nice touch.

Bad things?  Well, maybe there’s not enough for me to go back to immediately. A bit like a good, rich meal – wonderful at the time but too rich to have every day. Or is that just me?

DVD didn’t have much on it and, maybe by design, there was no ‘making of.’ I like ‘making of’ stuff to see the other side so if a DVD of a big budget film is so pretentious as to miss these out then stuff ’em. Keep your commentaries as well although there weren’t any of them here either.

Keep DVD?
No. Good film but not enough to make me pick it up again.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog in a post apocalyptic desert under screamingly white sunlight.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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