Eli Brings Enlightenment

In a society where all you have to guide you is believing “The Book of Eli” enlightens you.
Directors Albert & Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) return with “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
In the Hughes Brothers’ latest screen spectacle Denzel Washington (American Gangster) plays Eli, a man trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where people have forgotten what is really important: having faith.
In this world it has come to the point where even the most basic of resources are fought for and people will do anything in their power to get what they need, this includes even going as far as killing for water.
Eli is a lone wolf, but when he meets up with a girl played by Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show, Family Guy), he changes his ways. The young lady is being forced to do unspeakable things, and after much pleading by her mother, Eli agrees to do what he can to save her so that she won’t have to cope with everything her mother is forced to endure.
“The Book of Eli” has the same look to it at times of classics from the past such as “Mad Max,” but with a deeper plot and better character development.
If you have liked other titles from The Hughes Brothers go into this movie with an open mind. The “Book of Eli” has the same trademark dialogue and scene feel, however it breaks new ground in the sense that it deals with a subject that is different from what they have done before.
“The Book of Eli” gives a whole new feel to the idea of religion; you have the fanatic religious leader but he takes his beliefs and tries to make his followers do everything for him and not for what they should.
Some people will go into this movie and come out feeling offended and others will get the deeper message that it tries to convey in that you don’t have to “see to believe.” This movie may not win any awards or other accolades, but hopefully you can go in and come out not feeling like you have wasted two hours of your life.
I give it 3.5 out of 5.

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