*** Official THE BOOK OF ELI Review Thread

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    What happens when you have enough plot for a 30-40 minute short film, and stretch it out to 2 hours? A lot of boredom for the audience, and by the time we get to the end, whatever impact of the conclusion should have had just seems like an after-thought. Denzel Washington just doesn't have much to work with, and there aren't enough bad-ass moments to keep this viewer's interest.

    I give it 1.75 stars, or a grade of C-.
     
  2. Alphonse Brown

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    Interesting, this viewer had the opposite reaction. I was truly swept away in this post-apocalyptic wasteland and in the westward journey/mission Washington's character has been on for >30 years. The cinematography, art design and score accentuated the grayness of despair and hopelessness and the editing during the fight scenes was spot-on.

    The conclusion to me is right up there w/ similar movies w/ "game-changing" conclusions that make it necessary for repeat viewings to catch the verbal and physical cues. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and applaud the Hughes Brothers for this fine early 2010 film.
     
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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "The Book of Eli". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

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  4. Robert Crawford

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    After work, I viewed this film yesterday, I was into the film too and agree that it's going to take more than one viewing to fully appreciate this film effort. I do think the writing could've been a little tighter, but overall I was very much entertained.




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    I agree. I found it absorbing and surprisingly moving -- great score and cinematography. It's worth checking out, especially if you like the key actors. In terms of post-apocalyptic anti-heros, Washington holds his own. I think that The Road is a better film, albeit with an entirely different theme and tone. This is a good entry into the pantheon.

    ***.5/*****
     
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    agreed. couldn't have said it better.

    4/5 stars. Definitely will require a repeat viewing. It also may require a little biblical knowledge.
     
  7. Al_S

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    I agree with Patrick on this one. It was just blah and boring. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen that never did. I give it 2/5 stars.
     

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