The Book of Eli

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.

Credits

Directors:

  • Allen Hughes
  • Albert Hughes

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
  • Thom Williams

Producers:

  • Joel Silver
  • Denzel Washington
  • Broderick Johnson
  • Andrew A. Kosove
  • David Valdes
  • Steve Richards
  • Susan Downey
  • Erik Olsen

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