Faith survives post-apocalyptic world
The trailer does it no justice. What looks like an average action flick featuring Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Denzel Washington is actually much more.
In The Book of Eli, Washington plays Eli, a man trying to survive on what is left of the post-apocalyptic earth.
He has been walking for the past 30 years heading west after a revelation from God. Along the way, things are not easy due to his encounters with thieves and murderers.
Water is precious, and when he arrives in a town that has some, he is persuaded to stay the night by a power hungry man who calls himself Carnegie (Gary Oldman, Harry Potter). Carnegie sends out men day after day in search of a book.
This book is not just any book; he claims it has the power to manipulate people into doing whatever he wants. The book he wants is none other than the King James Bible.
Eli coincidentally happens to be in possession of that very book, the last known copy due to widespread burnings after the final war. When Carnegie finds out, it becomes a full-on combat, machine guns included.
A young woman, Solara (Mila Kunis, That 70’s Show), is sick of Carnegie and the way he treats her and her mother. She begs to go west with Eli in hope for a better future, but her involvement only adds to the drama.
The movie definitely does not hold back on the violence and gore.
Eli is particularly handy with a machete and when people get in his way, it is lethal.
Washington fits the role perfectly.
He can be both bad and good at the same time. He battles between his faith and what he must do in order to survive.
A twist near the end will have viewers awestruck and inspired, but rooting for Eli even more.
The movie is different from the typical end of times movie in the fact that it causes people to question their own faith and its power. It receives 4 out of 5 stars.