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The Book of Eli

  R HD Closed Captioning

Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes

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Plot Summary

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

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48%
  • Reviews Counted: 192
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 100
  • 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, Film.com, 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

Amazing!

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.

Great Story

I thought this was a really interesting twist on a post-apocalyptic movie. Yeah, there was some great war, and everyone after it is crazy... like normal, but the object of desire in the movie is incredibly unique... AND I don't think that would be too far fetched at all.

Overall, I loved it... Denzel was great, Gary was great, and the end was a great twist as well. Especially in an industry when you can guess the twist in the first 10 minutes with most of these movies.

Awesome

This movie was great because of the spiritual message in it. But let's be honest who doesn't love the action. The twist at the end was terrific. I can usually guess things like that and I didn't see THAT coming. I also liked how it portrays the aftermath of the 'war'. Denzel did great in this, it was one of his best. This is my new favorite movie of all time.