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127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours of excitement, adrenaline, regret, and awesome!
I LOVE this movie! OK, got that off my chest. Anyways, as I write this review, I'm listening to the song at the start of the movie, called "Never Hear Surf Music Again" by the Free Blood. Worth a listen, search it on you-tube. But anyway this was from beside the point of how much I love and recommend this movie to everyone living on planet Earth right now.
I saw the movie with high expectations and was disappointed that it wasn't over 2 hours long, but the movie made up for that because the pacing was good and it felt right. The intro to the movie is going to be on my top ten movie intros of all time, reaching in at number 1. For now. The song worked so well and naturally every song and score in this movie worked perfectly, even if it felt out of place at times, which also felt in place! At the same time! Like I said, I am listening to the intro song as I write this. It's so addicting! 127 Hours is the story of Aron Ralston's life-changing experience in 2003 which was news nationwide. He even won person of the year awards. But the story goes that he goes on this canyoning trip somewhere in Utah and while there, he meets two girls that he spends some time showing them around the place because they're lost. After they mingle and leave, he's invited to a party setup by them and he accepts. So he continues to trek for the rest of the day around Utah's beautiful rocky caves.
Unfortunately, one open gap leading down into a cave decides his fate for the next few, long, painful days. Aron decides to go on further between the narrow cave gap, and the rock he tested by stomping on it to see if it will fall, falls on him and sends him down the cave, making his arm stuck in the process. After he realizes he's screwed beyond belief he tries to make the best of it, tries to keep himself calm and tries not to think of the worst.
Given that he's an engineer, he tries to salvage as much water as possible to survive for the next 127 hours. The only thing he regrets the most? Not leaving a note (which he does now in real life). At the start of the movie, you can hear a phone ringing, and when it goes to voice message, it's his mother saying hi. So, he regrets not picking up the phone because he could have told his mother where he was going, and that would have been his salvation ultimately.
After realizing that mistake, the fun begins. He has visions of his past in his youth with his family and events that he thinks lead him to his unfortunate fate. But he tries not to go on the Karma route explanation because he doesn't believe in fate, neither do I. He believes that life is what you make of it, and so do I.
So, he does what he can to survive in this entrapment he's in for the next few days. As days pass by, he keeps on hoping and dreaming that he'll free himself, but all his attempts fail. He even has hallucinations of the freedoms he once enjoyed before being in the position he was in. It's like the director actually wants you to believe that there's no hope. But there is. He has a solution which failed before, but not again. He wants to cut off his arm to break free from the trap he's in.
Let me tell you, not a pretty scene to watch, but he cuts off his whole arm and breaks free from the grip. He eventually gets an emergency airlift and he is re-united with his family and friends once again. There is a brief cameo from the real Aron Ralston just after the end of the movie. This movie is what happened to the real Aron Ralston back in 2003 and that's why he won so many awards, because of the many obstacles he overcame at impossible odds that not many would sacrifice to get freedom the way he did.
And I can't help but think how awesome would it be if Chris Mccandless still lived today; what he would say to Aron Ralston, or better yet, to put them in a room together interviewing each other, becoming great friends and take a canyon trip and record their journey. It would be like two titans coming together, a meeting of the minds. If you don't know who Chris is, then please read the book "Into the Wild" or watch the movie, or do both.
Anyways, I now depart and hopefully you've enjoyed my thorough review of 127 hours. If you have not watched it, I insist you do watch it. Day 1 blu-ray buy for me, that's for sure!
Into the Wild (2007)
Probably one of the best movies I have ever seen this decade.
I don't know if anything else can top it. I mean, it's like I'm watching an Oscar performance and Planet Earth at the same time. This movie has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Well, I am a sucker for beauty in nature and that's what really convinced me to finally see this movie.
Emile Hersch does a terrific acting job, and his character is believable all the way. You kind of hate him at first because you think he's selfish and immature for what he's doing, but as you go along, you kinda understand what he really wants. To enjoy life. He had this note on his diary of his travels saying "life was less hard when I was penniless" or something along the lines of that. I couldn't help but think that he's referring to his child-hood. And if he is, he is so right. Life was easy for all of us kids when we grew up.
I don't remember having to worry about the most serious disease, about paying the bank on time or about my future career. I had the best time of my life, but that innocence is taken away from us once we reach a certain age in our lives. Like his was. I bet that's one of the reasons he set out on his adventure.
Anyway, like I said, I'm a sucker for beautiful locations, this movie really set the tone. One of my favorite parts was when he met Wayne and helped around the wheat fields, was it? Anyway, I loved that whole segment because it reminds me of my home in Europe, we all had to do the same thing if we wanted to have food on our table, but then the sunset scene where the sky was a beautiful tint of pink, and purple with a little hint of red. I LIVE FOR THOSE MOMENTS! I truly do. We may go to war with each other because we don't agree with something, but at the end of the day after we've killed each other off, we can find peace in the beauty of what nature, or Earth has to offer. He wanted to escape in it. He didn't care about material things, he just wanted to get the most out of his life. I sometimes was wondering if he did it to put his pathetic parents to a test, to see how far they would go to find him. But instead, they stay home and wait for the authorities to do their jobs.
This movie is truly unforgettable to say the least. It's on my blu-ray buy list and I hope there are many more movies like this. Emile Hersch can act and Hollywood needs to give him way more roles and a lot of money, because he's one of the few younger actors who isn't talentless and has class. I also wish to give my condolences to the real Chris McCandless, who sacrificed everything in his life to get the full experience of life. This is not a movie about being nice to one another, or being a charity center, it's a movie about life, nature and how to get the most out of it. It's a movie about the meaning of life, and Chris McCandless truly discovered that. May he rest in peace.
The Expendables (2010)
This decades BEST action movie.
2010, the last year of the Y2K generation or decade. 2011 is the start of a new age, a new generation and a new decade into film and everything else.
You're not supposed to go to this movie expecting to be moved by the story or for the story to make you think. You're supposed to go to this movie and think "Yeah, I paid this much money to see a movie with kick-ass action and guns, I can't wait!". Sylvester Stallone has been known to make action movies and have roles in more than he can count. But this movie delivers 100 levels of high-octane action. You film geeks and critics can't grasp that fact. You expect a story, something to make you think. Well this movie does that. Everyone who lived through the 80's and 90's can re-collect their memories of Rambo, Predator and movies alike that had balls to the wall action and enjoy the old glory days. But you critics are something else. You obviously don't know the audience this movie is sold to. But you see, this movie made people think. When I saw some of the most bad-ass action scenes I thought to myself, wow, words can not describe the joygasm I am having watching this. F****** BADASS!. F*** YEAH!. That's why it did so well in the box office, but again you critics cannot grasp that. In fact, why are there official jobs for being a critic? They shouldn't be paid to write a few paragraphs. They should only be information sources people go to if they want spoilers or opinions, but unfortunately these low lives get paid to do that type of job. The world has gone upside down. It truly has.
But let's get back on track. This movie is for the action fanatic, for the kid in you that wants to spring back out and enjoy your old child-hood of what life was growing up in whatever decade you were a kid in. I was a 90's kid, but was born at the height of the 80's. In 1989 to be specific, so I didn't have the luxury to be hyped for the latest action movie from heavy hitting stars like Arnie or Sly. I instead grew up with their movies on VHS in the 90's, and to see that cast come back alive with some of my other favourite action stars was a dream come true. Seeing Arnie and Sly talk for just that 2 minutes alone was a dream come true. You know, I kept watching Last Action Hero and Demolition Man to lookout for how Arnie talks about Sly in that fictional T2 poster with Sly on the cover or how John Spartan goes to the future in Demolition Man to be informed by Sandra Bullock's character that Arnie IS the president. And funny thing is, he is in politics now and I think I've heard him wanting to run for that shot of the big man in the White House. But aside from those two movies, I ALWAYS, for as long as I can remember; have been wanting to see Arnie and Sly in one movie together, face to face and this movie does that for me.
I thank Sly for his contribution to the world for this amazing work of film. On such a low budget, he managed to make the 80's and early 90's come out in us, adults. He re-awakened our inner child, of what it meant to enjoy life before the expectations society has set out on you after you entered high-school and finished it. He made me feel like a kid again. I think I might just cry. 10 out of 10. You are the man, Stallone, you truly are.
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Buffalo Soldiers is an under-rated gem of the recent decade.
When I first saw this movie, I think it was after it came to DVD in late 2003 or early 2004. I really liked it and though I couldn't follow what it was about at the time, I decided to see it again today.
I still remember every scene, and what really drew me in was the atmosphere of the film, a black comedy, but also a movie about a lone wolf who's an anti-hero, the best anti-hero I've ever seen. This movie puts soldiers in Western Germany in 1989 just after the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall was about to fall. What's amazing is that boredom gets the best of these soldiers, especially for our main character.
This film explores the life of a stationed drug dealer soldier and of course, not without some great humour. I will admit, I do hate indie films and indie directors, but this is the best indie film I have ever seen, it almost feels like a mainstream Hollywood movie, but in a good way. I absolutely love the time period and the location, it makes me feel like I'm at home in Romania.
It's really thanks to Jacquin and his amazing, under-rated acting that make me appreciate the anti-hero character he portrays. I like the setup of the story because to those bored soldiers, their duty is like serving time in prison, so they have to find good recreational activities to do so they can kill off their boredom, and what better way to do that than make drugs, steal weapons and sell them for a nice wad of cash.
This is one of those rare feel-good films that make you care about the character a lot, his struggles, and his fears. No matter how wrong you think what he's doing is, you still end up rooting for him in the end. Anti-Hero characters are always neutral, so they fight for their own cause. That may seem selfish, but in a world full of bad guys and good guys, the anti-hero must choose his own destiny and he'll let the good fight the evil as much as they want as long as neither get in his way.
Truly under-rated film of the decade, if you're from Europe, or are in the military, and you have some friends over at your house, then order some pizzas, some nachos, and enjoy this film. I sure did, and I sure need to read the book as well, which is much more darker than the movie, apparently. I don't know why this is not in the top 250, but it deserves a spot in the top 20's.
The Crazies (2010)
This movie proves that remakes or reboots are awesome!
I haven't seen the the original, nor do I want to watch it since it was made in the 70's with horrible production budget, but I wasn't too crazy about seeing this movie when it did come out either. However, I completely underestimated it. I finally got to watch it and although the plot is somewhat similar to that of 28 weeks later, it's a whole different movie on its own.
I liked it because of the realistic portrayal of the HAZMAT teams and military taking care of business, so to speak. Whatever the military were ordered to do here is actually standard protocol in real life. So, in the even of a situation like this happening in real life, these measures would be taken. And why not, with such a small town of just nearly 2000 people? The contractors and whoever is giving the orders sees past the morality issue here, as long as they can contain it without spreading, then those extreme measures must be taken.
The movie is great because it also reminds of me Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland, which had the military bombing towns to make sure the virus is obliterated because of its airborne characteristics.
Tim Olyphant is a great actor and so is his female co-star who was amazing in the Silent Hill adaptation movie. The story is about a small town that gets infected by a disease that renders peoples mental state, "crazy". No thanks to government who manufactured it. This is actually a conspiracy theorists wet dream.
Anyways, some of the towns people get infected, they start killing anyone who isn't infected and the army comes in with their biological squad units to see if they can quarantine the people, some residents or infected residents decide to take matters into their own hands and cause havoc on the established medical camp the military has set up which in turn makes the military flee back for more updated orders.
The military come back to finish off every single resident of that town, including ones who escaped to nearby gas stations, hotels, and places of shelter. The survivors somehow find a way to get past them without getting killed, but when they try to escape with a truck to a city called "Cedar Point", the military decides to really finish off their original small town with a mini-nuke. The shock-wave from the nuke reaches the 18 wheeler and spins it on its back. The two main survivors still live, and walk their way to Cedar Point.
As they walk, they are continuously watched by a satellite view, just like in the beginning and the new orders are to contaminate Cedar Point since they assume the survivors already have contracted the disease from previous endeavours.
The movie ends on that note, and after a bit of credits a news report comes on confirming that the next huge cloud of smoke is an accidental fire, but we all know it's the nuke that wiped out the small town.
That's what I love about it, the seriousness of the situation the survivors are faced with. But try to not be too surprised by the actions of the military as they are following orders from someone they know nothing about and they're just as expandable as the civilians. This is standard protocol, so at least when this happens to any of us, it will be a quick death. Though, quarantines are ALWAYS the first step, and if nothing can be done to get rid of the infection and cure it, then the government will have no choice but to take quick measures and kill everyone, and evaporate the town off the map so that the airborne infection or any infection can be dealt with in one single blow. That way it doesn't spread nationwide, or worldwide and the media can make up a story for the deaths of however many people die.
The only question you can ask is why are people sick enough in their mind to manufacture a disease and test a town or city of people as guinea pigs. It's the higher ups you have to blame, not the military.
All in all, excellent movie, watch this and forget the original.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 2 hits all the sweet spots, and it is GODLY.
When I first heard that Iron Man was being made into a movie, I didn't care much, but I still wanted to see it because of the action. I also chose to see it because Robert Downey Jr. was playing the role of Iron Man/Tony Stark. I've been a fan of Rob since Chaplin, that was truly a masterpiece, he can work the English accent perfectly. I always thought he was English because the first movie I saw with him was Natural Born Killers, but he was obviously Australian in that.
Anyways, I finished watching the movie and I was blown away by the sheer awesomeness of it. So, I chose to go back on my comic book hobby that I used to have 8 years ago. I first picked up on the World's Most Wanted storyline that is part of the Dark Reign event. I was hooked, so I decided that Iron Man is my new favourite Marvel hero, next to Blade, they're on the same level of epic. I read a famous story arc called "Extremis". I LOVED IT! I loved the dark tone to it, the virus created by Pharmlabs in Austin, Texas somehow slipped into some criminal's hands and he went haywire. Iron Man saved the day by taking the same dose of Extremis, he and the suit TRULY BECAME ONE, just like he says at the Senate conference in this movie. I won't say much because you'll love reading it, and it's really fun acting out the captions.
Anyways, the next storyline I'm reading is Civil War, it's interesting to see his position in all of it. I still have 74 issues to go. My point is, if you're an Iron Man fan like me, and if you read the comics (which REALLY helped) then you will consider this the best movie in move-making history. I certainly do, we will see how the Avengers can top this, but I know Iron Man 3 will top Iron Man 2.
Now, onto the movie. The intro starts off really well, with recordings from the ending of the first film where he announces that he is indeed Iron Man. It then cuts to Moscow, Russia where we get to see Whiplash's character intro. Truly sad to see the hand dealt to his father, Anton, apparently his father worked with Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father, and somewhere along the line, Howard took Anton's ideas and kicked him to the curb, in the Russian ghetto. Whiplash swore revenge on this, and let me just say the way the Monaco scene was setup was just AMAZING.
On top of the movie being awesome, it even added humour to it, just like in the last one. Happy Hogan gets more screen time and lines. We get to see more of Nick Fury and the sexy, and seductive, Black Widow just to put the cherry on top. Justin Hammer, rival competitor to Tony Stark and Stark Industries wants to conquer over Stark Industries with H.A.M.M.E.R. advanced weapons systems. But he knows that he can never get the praise and approval of the public like Tony gets. It triggers his ego to go haywire, he truly needs Tony to succeed with his company.
Moving on to the plot which is very well done and fantastic. This is a Marvel fan's wet dream come true. It combines the story lines of Armor Wars and Demon in a Bottle. Tony Stark's arc reactor is keeping him alive and killing him now, at the same time. He needs to come up with a solution and a new suit, which he does later in the course of the plot. This film is truly a masterpiece directed by none other than the prestigious Jon Favreau. Him and Robert are the DREAM TEAM as I like to call it.
The audience was cheering was laughter, enjoyment and praise. They gave it a standing ovation after the movie was over, a theatre full of joy. I must admit, I really do envy Robert Downey Jr. for the kind of man he is. He has been dealt with the hand of jail and he has had his own little demon in a bottle experience,but the got back up on top, along with Mickey Rourke and has been given a second chance, and he took it.
The acting was superb by all the cast members. The special effects and action had fans like myself drooling for more of it, just to appreciate the sheer beauty of it. I can guarantee you that this movie will make A LOT of money, maybe even over 1 billion and I hope it does because of the incredible hype it has received and well deserved too.
The movie has a special Captain America easter egg and a secret ending after the credits. So stay in your seats. The music was very well done and in the right moments.
Iron Man 2 gets my envy and full respect. This is truly the movie of the year, and possibly the decade until Iron Man 3 can top it off. People asked has the Dark Knight set standards too high for comic book movies? I'd say it didn't set them high enough, Iron Man 2 SURPASSES TDK in every way possible. This movie is godly. Rob and Jon are the dream team, never forget that people and Hollywood. They are the future of the movie industry. LONG LIVE IRON MAN!
Oh and as of this year from May 6th to May 10th, you should all celebrate IRON MAN DAYS. On those four days, celebrate the great achievement Stan Lee and Jack Kirby has created.
Repo Men (2010)
A great sci-fi thriller, gives a new meaning to health care reform and the future
I have not seen the original, nor did I read the book and watch the 2008 horror musical. I don't like musicals anyways. Those should stay in theaters and not on the big screen.
Repo Men will become a cult classic, and an under-rated gem that will or will not do so well in theaters. But I assume it will do well since it's about health care, and many Americans can relate to this.
Repo Men takes us to the future, where part of the old society is a crumbling city, but the new metropolis is a growing one. In this type of world, the health care is premium, and it available to anyone who needs it. It does wonders than what a human organ can do. It can keep an extremely obese person without a heart attack for a lifetime, or cure diabetes. There is a catch though. It isn't exactly cheap. A liver can cost up to 600k and since the organ is a loan, it has a due date, like banks and anything with a contract. Once that due date is up and the person hasn't paid, he or she has 48 hours. If the money is not delivered by then, the repo men come to take the organ back.
They leave you with the option of having an ambulance come to keep you on life support, but your heart will NOT be replaced because you have a standing credit balance. You might as well accept that you will die. Of course, the system is controlled by a big corporation like most health insurance companies these days and they want your money, because that's all they care about. In this world, people are expandable, and as long as their payment is still not delivered, they are forced to donate their organ back to the labs for another buyer who has the money.
This movie delivers a great soundtrack and has a great intro and ending that will be remembered for a long time. This movie shows us that we could live in this type of future one day. The question is, when? 10/10 for and outstanding job well done.
Heavy Rain (2010)
A game of the year and the a top game for this decade!
Heavy Rain isn't your ordinary game, it's an intense, inter-active experience that guides you into four character's worlds. You have Ethan Cole, father of two, an architect who's living his American dream. You have Agent Jayden, an FBI investigator sent to investigate the latest killing of the Origami Killer. You have Madison Page, a journalist who disguises herself as a photographer to whomever she meets, all she wants is a little inside story on a victim's father about the Origami killer, and finally you have Scott Shelby, my favourite character. A private detective for hire who's out to get leads on the Origami killer and gets closer to the truth. I won't spoil it for you, because it had me by surprise, BIG TIME.
The story shifts around chapters and events with each of the four characters to balance it out. We each get a Point Of View of how the Origami killer has or is affecting their lives. Each chapter has a very depressing tone to it, it rains nearly every single time, and the skies are cloudy, always. The game takes place in the fall season, so it's no wonder why everything is depressing, but according to the investigation, that's when the Origami killer strikes. The Origami killer takes children between ages 8 and 10 every fall, and puts them under a grated pipe with a lock. He kills them by letting the rainwater fall on them till they suffocate. That's all I will tell you for now, the rest is up to you to find out.
Writer and Game Director of Heavy Rain, David Cage writes a phenomenal story that you'd expect to see it win Oscars and Golden Globes. He manages to make you a part of the story, to draw you in. His inter-active drama is about hitting the buttons at the right time, you miss one or two, it's game over for your character, but that doesn't mean your game ends, your story will pick up on to the next 3 available characters and so on. The game is rumoured to have up to 20 different endings, which means; depending on what you do in each chapter and event to your characters or the way you interact with the other non-playable characters in the game; it WILL effect your ending.
This game screams re-playability. Sometimes you wish you hadn't made a choice in one event and you want to go back, well, you can always restart from that chapter and it will erase all your progress that you are currently on, or play the game naturally to see one of the many endings this game presents you with. This game will revolutionize the gaming industry forever and it should. It should inspire other game developers to make you have a more thorough choice and consequence system. Some RPG's do that, but are they nearly as detailed as Heavy Rain? I think not. This game will win a few awards and will be nominated for game of the year 2010. It will win in the male and female voice acting department, because all the actors behind the mo-cap suit are under-rated actors. Especially Agent Jayden, I love his east coast accent, it makes him sound legit, he even looks the part too even though his mo-cap actor is fully European.
So, if you haven't purchased this game, then you're missing out on the game of the year and the game of the decade on a top 10 list. This remarkable game gets my 10/10 for originality, no movie can do this, because it would have to have many different versions of it. Harold and Kumar 2 has an inter-active feature similar to Heavy Rain if you rent the blu-ray, but nowhere near the depth of detail of Heavy Rain. But it does use the same concept, except without pressing timed buttons, just selecting what they will do next. It gets 10/10 for voice acting; some of the best voice acting I've seen so far in a video game, it's so believable as if they were real people. Like I said, Agent Jayden is an under-rated actor as well as the man behind Scott Shelby. Hopefully this game has shun a spotlight for them to act in Hollywood because they truly are gifted individuals. 10/10 for the concept. It plays like no other game has played before. You're taken in to the story and characters, the choices you make will affect the next set of events and ending. The button timers are also a plus to the events and actions your character is doing at the moment, whether it's life or DEATH.
Finally, the game gets a 10/10 for a masterpiece of a story. Even though you can change fates and endings, the background plot that connects everything is phenomenal! The game lets you discover who the Origami killer is on his own, and even if you can't figure it out, its revelation is nuts, it hits you real hard because you wouldn't believe that, that kinda person is the Origami killer. Like I said, I won't spoil, you MUST find this out on your own. It took me by surprise big time. The story makes you like the Origami killer before the character is revealed to be that killer, then when you find out. BAM! Big surprise, your face will literally change, your eyes will widen in awe and you'll say "holy sh*t, I can't believe I never saw this". But the important question this game/story asks us is: How far are you willing to go to protect the one you love? This game will makes you answer that, but also, think about it in real life. If something happened to the one you loved dearest, how far would you go to protect them?
Gives every other vampire movie a run for its money
Except for the Blade series. They're equally on par with each other. I'm just amazed at the use of special effects with a 21 million dollar budget...the special effects look really great.
The movie is half original. David S. Goyer wanted to make the third blade movie based on this type of plot. Set in the future where the vampires have won and nearly every human is a vampire, but Blade has to find a cure to turn them back. I like how they took Goyers idea and made an everyday world like today into a vampire society. I just love that. The circumstances and social issues the new race faces with the loss of the human blood supply.
Very well done movie and some very well done acting. I applaud the directors and actors for this awesome movie. I hope to see a sequel for it. But I fear that it's such a limited release. It will either get canned or someone will sign on for the rights to make a crappy sequel or prequel spin-off straight to DVD. Smokin' Aces 2 is a great example.
The Book of Eli (2010)
The Book of rELIgion is pretty good
As an atheist, the only two things that bothered me in the movie was the fact that he would save humanity with the bible. I mean, he even said that the war with "the flash" was caused by religion. So why re-introduce it again? Because god told him to, that's just nonsense. It's Christian to think that way. Because a voice within you tells you, God guides you. So if god told you to blow up a community center, you would blindly do it? This film certainly proves that point.
I guess it's understandable for where he took the book, to a big library on Alcatraz island in San Fransisco, where they have all kinds of books on science and culture to remake civilization. I'm just saying, if religion caused the world to be in such circumstances, why make the same mistake again? The second thing that bothered me was the fact that Eli was blind throughout the whole movie. Somehow, he knew his way around a dead end in the middle of a bridge that is steep to death. I guess I should have noticed since he was wearing shades the whole time, which is pretty good how they all fooled us at the end where they reveal he's either blind in one eye, or both. Well, the book pages of the bible were the first revelation that he was blind. Brail language to be read with sensitive finger tips.
Interesting movie, great character development on Eli, and even the sexy Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman is always gonna be a guaranteed 3-dimensional character, he pulls it off so nice. The action was great, felt like a Transporter movie meets Afro Samurai. Some comic relief in there too, which was a good laugh. Love the overall background of the world after the nuclear holocaust, the wasteland, the green sky is just beautiful. And whether you like it or not, some of this movie is definitely from the FALLOUT game..just the look and survival aspects of the movie, especially the line "people now would kill for what people would throw away back in the day" that's a given in a Fallout game. I'm not saying it's a rip-off, it's great! If it didn't have the religious factor added to it, I would have given it a 9.5-10 out of 10. If I was Eli, I would rewrite the book, and call it the book of Evolution & Logical Thinking. It would take moral and strategic thinking of everyday life plus evolution borrowing from Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins, and god or Jesus, or religion would not be included in the book..no term, word or phrase would be written. People would learn and we would not cause the same mistake again.