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The Book of Eli Any Good?

Published January 11, 2010 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
With The Book of Eli coming out this Friday it is time to see if people are burned out with post-apocalyptic films yet. In comes to of the first reviews.

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After hearing some negative early buzz, I have to admit that the first two reviews for The Book of Eli are more positive than I would have guessed.

Variety
For the third time in four months, after "2012" and "The Road," the end of the world as we now know it is up on the bigscreen, in "The Book of Eli." An odyssey of a mysterious wanderer who has spent 30 years making his way across desolate post-apocalyptic landscapes in possession of the world's only remaining Bible, the Hughes Brothers' first feature in nine years reps a weirdly intriguing mix of "Mad Max," "The Postman," "Fahrenheit 451," Leone's "Man With No Name" trilogy and Graham Greene's novel "The Power and the Glory," all shot through with an unwavering religious impulse. In all likelihood, this will not be one of star (and producer) Denzel Washington's bigger grossers, although if Warner Bros. cared to court the normally stay-at-home Christian audience, it would hit a mother lode of positive response.


Book of Eli Poster Book of Eli


THR
As post-apocalyptic movie fiction goes, The Book of Eli is not a crowd-pleaser like the "Mad Max" series nor silly like any of the "Planet of the Apes" films. This film, the first from the Hughes Brothers in nearly nine years, instead is an intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet. An overlay of spiritual themes doesn't always work, but "Eli" is that rare Hollywood film that posits a Christian man as its hero.


I guess I'm going to have to make a point to see it then. Each review does have a couple complaints, so be sure to check both out by clicking the bold links above.

The Book of Eli opens to theaters January 15th.

For the trailers, stills, posters and more movie info, go to the The Book of Eli Movie Page.
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