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The Book of Eli

HD   R Closed Captioning

Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes

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About the Movie

In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive--and continue. Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, and is determined to make it his own: Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond her stepfather's domain.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 201
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 107
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Allen and Albert Hughes have created a plausible post-apocalyptic world. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A stylish, gritty fantasy feature that wrestles with the agonies, joys and eternal wrinkles of faith and evil and the dangerous minuet they do. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: t's a post-apocalyptic western, it's an evangelical tract, it's a road movie, it's a martial arts movie, it's a disaster movie, it's a graphic novel. It's equal parts The Road and The Robe, A Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Fury. It's Mad Max meets Left Be – Jonathan F. Richards,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Really, it's just another prophet-in-the-wilderness tale -- not nearly as bad as those trailers would suggest, yet neither will your soul run any risk of enlightenment. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Denzel Washingtons performance was awesome, the visual effects were astounding, the cinematography was Oscar worthy, and I found the story and everything else to be simply perfect. I really don't see any flaws in this movie whatsoever. Just buy it! And listen to the message, it's very important.


This movie, in my option, was an awesome movie. To most it had a little bit of different story line that many people didn't understand but it is once one understands the back round information of the movie it makes much much more sense and to me, it made it that much more enjoyable once I understood it. But once said; it is an awesome movie.

The Life of Denzel

This movie was fairly acceptable. I would definately call it a guy movie considering the amount of blood and canniblism. The story line is very straight forward, with some very key twists, especially in the end. A cinematic experience worth the while.