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Rated R · 118 minutes · 2010

Action, Adventure, Science fiction
This movie starts out as an interesting and stylish post-apocalyptic samurai movie, but winds up becoming one of the stranger gospel films ever made. The Hughes brothers, who’ve been out of action since their very good From Hell nine years ago, have made a movie about the power of religion that is—to say the least—a little farfetched. Denzel Washington stars as Eli, a mysterious walker roaming the Earth with his iPod after a nuclear apocalypse. He’s mighty handy with a sword, and when marauding gangs screw with him, it results in some fine street fighting. There’s a silhouetted sequence in which Eli faces off with a gigantic, chainsaw-wielding bastard that is a bloody thing of beauty. Too bad the film gets bogged down in religious clichés, and the final twist is a real laughter.


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Official Site: thebookofeli.warnerbros.com
Director: Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes
Producer: Joel Silver, Denzel Washington, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, David Valdes, Steve Richards, Susan Downey and Erik Olsen
Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones, Joe Pingue, Frances de la Tour, Michael Gambon, Tom Waits, Chris Browning, Richard Cetrone, Lateef Crowder, Keith Davis, Don Theerathada and Thom Williams

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Book of Eli, The Lovely Bones, A Single Man, The Spy Next Door and more. 01/14/2010
Chicago Reader Cream of the Crap As far as bad movies go, The Book of Eli is a good one. by Cliff Doerksen 01/21/2010
Portland Mercury Jesus Saves The Book of Eli: At least it's not The Postman! by Bobby Roberts 01/14/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent Prophet and loss Yes, it is another goddamned movie about the apocalypse, and with a god-saved hero to boot. by Jonathan Kiefer 01/14/2010
The Coast Halifax Book of Eli all slaughter, no heart The Hughes Brothers' wasteland drama isn't smart enough to last. by Mark Palermo 01/28/2010

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