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The Book of Eli

In The Book Of Eli, Denzel Washington is a god-powered superhero and it’s the end of the world, as we know it. Super E has the last known copy of the King James and is compelled to go on a road trip out west.

His travels across a barren post apocalypse landscape and has to battle baddies at almost every turn, that and deal with a low battery warning on his iPod. To match the surrounds, the film has a blown out colour palate and uses a not entirely successful blend of obvious green screen technology and soft focus special effects. This bleakness is also matched by a script with its own share of burnt-out patches.

All is not lost however as the film does have some good moments and a decent twist at the end. One that is unfortunately floundered by a clunky final scene that had members of the audience laughing on the way out. Surely with the overzealous religious intent that couldn’t have been the intension, as we all know how great a sense of humour religions have.

I guess we should be thankful because Denzel is looking after our forever and the fact the film didn’t star John Travolta. Because if it did, that final bible would have be something penned by L Ron Hubbard instead.
Rob Hudson
www.thebookofeli.warnerbros.com

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