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A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

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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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Rated R for some brutal violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El libro de los secretos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,232,001 (UK) (15 January 2010)

Gross:

$94,822,707 (USA) (7 May 2010)
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Trivia

The quote that Eli takes from "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison", is from "Greystone Chapel", last track on the album. The line comes from the last verse in the song. See more »

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After serving Eli his dinner and water Claudia left the room and the door was locked behind her. But a few scenes later when Solara enters Eli's room to offer her body, she just walks in without unlocking the door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Woman Hijacker: Please, don't hurt me. Here, take anything you want. You want some food? Take it.
Eli: I'm not gonna hurt you.
Young Woman Hijacker: Yeah? That's what the last guy said. Could... could you help me? The wheel came off. I can't fix it. Maybe if I... if I could... but I can't.
Eli: You know the only good thing about no soap... is that you can smell hijackers a mile off!
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Referenced in En prácticas: Instituto RTVE (2010) See more »

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Greystone Chapel
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Written by Glen Sherley
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Epic of Biblical Proportions
11 June 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This tale is one of a kind. I love the cinematography, acting, lighting, music, and sound. Watching the trailer i though it may be just another action film with no substance, boy was i wrong. Throughout the years Christianity has been skewed and manipulated to control the masses. This film demonstrates the good in spirituality in sharp contrast to the bad. Classic light against dark.

And it delivers on the action. One fight scene shot is contrast had me jumping out of my seat. This is just good film making. The Color dazzled my eyes. The sound sent shivers down my spine.

This film does not preach, and is an eerie warning of our future. We are the stewards of the earth and need to take responsibility for the people around us. Help others more than yourself. The lessons of the bible can be taken in may ways, Choose to take what is good and disregard the rest.

Bottom line, this film is masterfully shot. Solid cast that you really become invested in. Beautiful! Definably an Epic of Biblical Proportions.


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