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Book of Eli (AKA - Resistance is Futile: The Bible is your only hope)

 

Book or Eli (2009)

Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony

“Book of Eli” follows Eli (Denzel Washington) as he pulls a “Ghoul Goes West” in search of a town worthy of dropping of his oh-so-important book. Along the way he ends up in some unnamed town run by Carnegie (Gary Oldman) who witnesses his kick-assery and “requests” his help. Solara (Mila Kunis) is sent in to sweeten the deal.

It seems our predictions HERE were right. Direction by the Hughes Brothers and the score by Atticus Ross follow the same strange on-again, off-again artsy style. While this works for the most part the gunfights are overshot. Taking a hint or two (or three) from the video game series Fallout, the design is perfect but the premise isn't. When we saw Eli’s book had a cross on it, we sorta checked out. There are also some annoying contradictions in the film.

“Book of Eli” should have been subtitled “Burn everyone and start over with Christianity because it’s the only thing that will save mankind.” Apparently, screenwriter Gary Whitta thinks Christianity is the answer to all that ails us. The problem with this idea is that to boldly spits in the face of all other religions. If this movie was supporting Buddhists or Muslims, the Catholic Church would have been picketing theaters. Other religions should stand up and make some noise when something this boldly Christian is put out. We here at Bitter Balcony don’t care what religion you are, but something this bold deserves to be argued – especially when you consider how much war, chaos and bad movies have been made over/about religion in the past. If "God" cared so much he/she/it felt the need to regain our faith, then why let the world fall into utter chaos in the first place? Why not come down and smack us upside our collective heads and demand that we "snap out of it" before we end up in the "Book of Eli"?

Gary Oldman does a good job, but not great. Mila Kunis holds her own – and is aging well. Despite a more physical performance than recent roles, Washington is again the one-trick pony.

If you can’t stomach the idea of watching two hours of propaganda, then skip this one. There is something terribly disturbing about the threat of hell being the only motive for mankind's goodness.

Images:

Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony Albert Huges, Allen Huges, commentary, Denzel Washington, Fallout 3, Gary Oldman, lookout, Michael Gambon, Milla Kunis, post apocalyptic, bitter balcony

Trailer:

Official site (or as close as I could find):

Book of Eli @ Blogspot

Credits:

Directed by: Allen & Albert Huges

Written By: Gary Whitta

Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon, Mila Kunis





Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
jsa (not verified) on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:50pm

I think you totally missed it. In the movie it's mentioned that the Bible was the cause of the war and destruction. After the war all copies were burned. How does that stack up to be Christian propaganda? And the King James is the Old Testament. The Old Testament is used in Islamic teachings because they consider it the word of The One God. The Torah is the Book of Moses which also resides in the Old Testament and is also part of Islamic religion as is the Quran which is God's word to Mohammed the prophet. In the end of the movie the Bible is placed on a shelf with the Quran and the Torah.

I believe the movie is a statement of how mankind abused the word of religion, bastardized it and shaped it to our own purpose and hence caused our destruction. Sounds like today, huh? Gary Oldman's character is a direct throwback to that idea and shows what happens in a nutshell. The Bible as recited by Eli is good as far as being on paper, but in the wrong hands can lead to bad shit. Just like Communism eh?

JAS on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 2:01pm

Q: "I think you totally missed it. In the movie it's mentioned that the Bible was the cause of the war and destruction. After the war all copies were burned. How does that stack up to be Christian propaganda?"

A: The fact that they bring it back because it can save man to have it around (or whatever wording they used - it has been a while).

Q: "I believe the movie is a statement of how mankind abused the word of religion, bastardized it and shaped it to our own purpose and hence caused our destruction. Sounds like today, huh? Gary Oldman's character is a direct throwback to that idea and shows what happens in a nutshell. The Bible as recited by Eli is good as far as being on paper, but in the wrong hands can lead to bad shit. Just like Communism eh?"

A: Agreed, Oldman was a throwback showing how the Bible in the wrong hands can cause trouble for others, but if the threat is so great that we will fall into this trap again why bother bringing the Bible back into the world. "Hey, the world went to shit. Now that it is pretty bad lets bring back the book that started it to make it better, and by better we mean worse.

Also, the thought that "god" would provide some sort of sight to a blind man, so he can memorize a book so it can be stacked on a shelf is in itself pretty lame.

Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 2:08pm

Its funny how Eli , lying on a couch wearing islamic clothing and muslim hajj shaved head at the end of the Movie is reciting the First Book Of the Torah
to the scribe when its is that the torah is sitting on the selve with the quran.
They already had the bible and the Quran and their were fine. No they have the gospels Chirst (Accordin to M,M,L, and John.

JAS on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 12:00am

Nice observation! I totally missed that one. Then again, by the time this came about I had checked out, mentally.

Que on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 6:38pm

it somehow always sound a bit creativity desperate to me, to pin the ultimate plot or solution to 'god'. Doesn't mean that it is not going to work, but it is rather hard to reach the balance right and most of the time, it just shows as plain lazyness.

instead of that, how about 'humanity' and all that, shouldn't that more multy-cultural friendly?

JAS on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 8:15pm

Hollywood can only expected to be multiculturally friendly when it will provide them with more greenbacks. Supporting Muslims - not so much cash. Supporting one of the largest religions in the world... priceless*.

*Priceless means money in the bank.

Que on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 11:30pm

well, we had 'schindler's list', humanity; we had 'titanic', (mind you, not that phony love story one in 1997) humanity; there are a lot of ways to make movies touching and moving without that specific religious message; don't need to be 'multiculturally friendly', just stick to the basic, simplest 'right and wrong' line is enough.

on the other hand, we have all these movies like 'end of days 1999' and 'the reaping' and other bunch of scary (supposedly) films they are just plan jokes.

JAS on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:43am

Its interesting that you use movies that are made by Hollywood cash cows as examples. Hollywood supports anything Spielberg and Cameron do because they know they will bank on it. :)

I agree though. It doesn't take that much to add a little heart into a story that doesn't lean on "love" or religion, but if it doesn't fit into the equation of risk vs reward easily the moneymen get spooked.

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