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In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book,... Written by
Harry Jankel, London, England
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Post-apocalyptic "Eli" covers up weak plot with solid development and action
Everybody's talking about what happens after the apocalypse these days.
"The Book of Eli" is sort of the boiling point of this science-fiction
concept, a combination of last year's "The Road" and George Miller's
"The Road Warrior." America is a post-apocalyptic wasteland and Denzel
Washington is the only self-sufficient badass. So originality is not
exactly "Eli's" calling card, but it clearly establishes its ruinous
world and the Hughes brothers ("From Hell") take good care of its
characters while supplying top-notch action.
Washington stars as our stolid protagonist, Eli, journeying westward
with his canteen, a large machete, a couple guns and a special
leather-bound book. He lives on an Earth that was fried 30 years before
by the sun because of a war that ripped a hole through the ozone layer.
Sun-goggled bikers run amok pillaging, killing and raping passers-by,
yet Eli is morally sound and focused on keeping his book safe no matter
what so he can deliver it somewhere out west.
Although written by a first-time screenwriter and former PC Gamer
editor, Gary Whitta, "Eli" impressively creates its world between the
sunglasses/goggles due to the sun's power, trading of goods because
money's obsolete and the constant examining of hands to determine if
someone is jittery from eating too much human flesh. Whitta also places
Eli squarely in the story. He's a good but dangerous man who's not
afraid to kill, and as he sits idly by as a couple gets attacked, it's
abundantly clear that this is a world where compassion is secondary to
survival and self-interest.
Where the plot comes in is "Eli's" weak link. It doesn't try too hard
to hide just what exactly the book is and that sort of dissolves some
of the film's mystique. The plot is essentially Eli wants to protect it
and take it west and he has a run in with Carnegie (Gary Oldman), an
older man who runs a small town and desires it for selfish
power-related reasons. Along the way, anyone who threatens to lay a
hand on Eli gets sliced up or shot. In the two or three fight scenes
where he takes down numerous guys at once, you can't help but wonder
why after he kills the first few guys, the others don't run the hell
away, especially considering people are otherwise in self-preservation
mode living in a wasteland (and they know nothing of the book).
The Hughes brothers make those scenes worthwhile, however. There's a
style and grace to their action scenes -- they create a sort of a
moving tableau in some scenes and execute a wide range of tempos in the
action sequences to make them more intense. When Carnegie's men
encounter Eli and the young woman (Mila Kunis) that he inspires who
follows him at the home of some old folks (cameos by famous Brits
Frances De La Tour and Michael Gambon), they place the camera in the
middle of the action and sweep along with the gunfire (part- digitally)
from one side to the other. It's very cool and is an example of one way
the Hugheses keep the focus away from the plot's shaky skeleton. I only
have beef with their excessive slow-motion walking-toward-the-camera
shots and showing a bit too much of the cloudy green-gray sky.
Some people are going to be more surprised and impressed with the
film's big reveal than others, but anyone with a love of action and
that post-apocalyptic context will find something to make "Eli" a
worthwhile watch regardless of plot weakness. Washington is slightly
under-utilized but he's an ideal fit. He brings an intensity in his
demeanor that makes him an intriguing character and the film does a
good job of making his character more central than anything else.
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