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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Book of Eli Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Review

The Book of Eli Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Review

Synopsis: Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn't fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Denzel Washington is Eli, who keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland... and into explosive conflict with a resourceful warlord (Gary Oldman) set on possessing the book. "We walk by faith, not by sight," quotes Eli. Under the taut direction of the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society), those words hit home with unexpected meaning and power.

Review: I had heard that the Book of Eli was a very religious film.  I don't have a great interest in religious films, I think we have enough access to that on a daily basis in this country, should we seek it out.  What got me about the Book of Eli was the look and tone of the film.  The color palette is so dull, gray and brown that it creates this amazing post-apocalypic world that you truly believe.  The soundtrack is also very poignant and industrial.  It adds to the feel of the scenes, much like the jarring music in 'There Will Be Blood' years ago.

I won't go too much into the plot, because there are elements that I don't wish to spoil for you, but the acting quality is high, the production quality is high and if you have enjoyed films like Resident Evil: Apocalypse, The Omega Man and I Am Legend, then you will probably love the Book of Eli.  Denzel Washington plays a man, Eli, that is as grim as he is sensitive to the world around him.  He makes a fantastic lead in any film and he really carries this one on his back.  Gary Oldman is a perfect "villain", although you see a man trying to survive in a new world where society has crumbled....the lines of good and evil begin to blur.

Even though the palette of colors is dull, this film is still best viewed in blu-ray format.  The film is dynamic and detailed, so keep your eyes on the screen, or you might miss something.

Interest Range: Post-Apocalypic, Action / Adventure, Graphic Violence