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*** Official THE BOOK OF ELI Review Thread


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted January 16 2010 - 03:56 PM

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-.
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Alphonse Brown

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Posted January 16 2010 - 05:12 PM

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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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted January 16 2010 - 05:20 PM

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 of 7 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted January 16 2010 - 05:36 PM

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. Crawdaddy

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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Brett_M

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Posted January 19 2010 - 12:40 AM



Originally Posted by Alphonse Brown 

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.
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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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Diallo B

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Posted January 20 2010 - 11:23 AM



Originally Posted by Alphonse Brown 

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.
agreed. couldn't have said it better.

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

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Posted January 27 2010 - 05:19 AM

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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