I am not at all surprised that I'm apparently the first to comment on this review, at least on-line. First, a disclaimer: I'm an atheist, myself - small 'A'. That means that while I don't believe, I don't begrudge or demean others who do. At the point, Mr. Grimm, where your inner voice said "Yeah, right!" mine said "How did THIS film get a green light in Hollyweird?"
This was a decidedly pro-Christian (not pro-all-religion) film. It said in no uncertain terms that the God of the King James Bible was real, at least to the characters in that film. Unsurprisingly you dismissed that entirely. Carnegie was looking for A book. Not just any religious text would do.
I too saw the similarities between "The Road" and "The Book of Eli." In "The Road" the (unnamed) disaster took place just before the birth of The Boy, about ten years in the past. In "Eli" they mention that it occurred thirty years in the past. They could very well be the same world, separated by a generation. I did not see "The Road." I read the book a few weeks before the film opened and decided I didn't need to spend $9 plus concessions to be deeply depressed at the end.
"Eli" - even for an atheist like me - wasn't depressing. It was a good story, well told, with a "Sixth Sense" twist ending that worked.
But given the subject, I'm not surprised you didn't think better of it.
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