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Book or Eli

Here we have one of two Post Apocalyptic films coming out over the next few months (early next year actually).

Denzel Washington plays Eli. A man in possession of sacred book that will save mankind. Not sure what there is left to save according to this trailer, but I guess he means well. He will do anything to defend it and that is what the trailer shows.

There is an antagonist by the name of Carnegie, which is played by Gary Oldman. The inclusion of Gary Oldman and a post apocalyptic setting might get me over my boycott of Denzel films and I might just have to catch this one. Why the boycott? The man is severely overrated and does the same role every film*.

The post apocalyptic setting is one that fascinates me personally. There is something about the doom of man and all it has achieved and the struggle of trying to carry on after that captivates. That and the sets (CG and non) are great to look at.

Between the title and the fact that he has a sacred book that can save mankind it gives the impression that there will be some religious message in the film. This gives me pause, but I'll ignore it for now.

There was a comparison made between Book of Eli and Fallout 3 by Robert N, posted at Kotaku. You can visit the link HERE. Here is the image comparing the two as well:

I think it's just what we generally think the end of the world via nuclear holocaust would look like.

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:

Synopsis (only one I found):

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

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

* = I know he has deviated from his standard character in the past, but not enough to qualify him as a good actor in my book.





Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 9:57am

Well let's throw in Jack Nicholson, Robert Dinero, and Al Pacino if we are to use your standard of what a good actor is and is not. While I will agree with you that Denzel, like the rest of these guys, uses a similar template in many of his movies, I think it's a bit strong to say he's severely overrated. There are movies where he is terribly vulnerable, confused, broken, conflicted in ways that he doesn't display in other movies. Some of his finest work in my opinion - Glory, Malcolm X, Man on Fire, Out of Time, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Inside Man, Mississippi Masala - are those where he deviates from the holier-than-thou-freedom fighting-gonna make it despite the odds-type character that we see in a lot of his work. And I wouldn't even say he's overrated because he still hasn't truly received the recognition he deserves for a lot of his work. I was upset he lost Best Actor to Al Pacino (but I understand why), and incredibly conflicted when he won for Training Day.

He is a fine actor who takes on subpar roles and doesn't truly give us his best at times. I say the same for Jack, Dinero, and Pacino, who at this point are barely watchable. I think this is symptomatic of actors when they get older to be quite honest. Look at every one of these men's work when they were younger - outstanding. I liked The Shining and Chinatown, I really loved Cape Fear and Raging Bull, and I think Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico should be in the top 50 movies of anyone's list.

Yes, I know this site is about being sarcastic and being sharp with the tongue, but I still felt the need to say my peace.

jMc

JAS on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 10:02am

I can agree with you on most of those points. I also support your contribution. One of the points of this site is top be a starter for conversation and deeper reflection on movies.

Sign up, pitch in and do it often! :)

Bram (not verified) on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 7:04pm

I think it's pretty funny how you people write these over-bitter flames about Denzel based on a two minute trailer. Maybe they are just releasing a trailer to get people's attention because we have our attention spans trained to pay attention to two second flashes.

Sigh.. This film is going to be amazing guys.

JAS on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 10:50pm

Despite the fact that Denzel will exercise his "less is more" excuse in this film it does look like it will be a good film. This is why we devoted this page to it. Our "lookout" section is meant to bring films that might not get that much attention to those who might want to see it.

We are freely promoting this film. We do so because it looks like it will be worth seeing.

Once people see the blurb about Denzel their emotions run high and they forget the whole point of this article.

Thanks for reading!

Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 10:50pm

Thanks for calling Denzel out. I thought I was the only one who felt like that.

JAS on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 11:13pm

It's not that he is untalented, but the guy has done the same role for quite some time. Its time to do a thing called acting, Denzel. You can do it! It's hidden deep deep down in a place where you have to work for your paycheck.

John (not verified) on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 1:07pm

I'll take a look at it since the Hughes brothers are directing.

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