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#1 Jan 16 2010 at 11:01 PM Rating: Good
Skip it. Not even good acting by Denzel & Oldman can save this script. I saw the "twist" coming about half way through & actually thought they weren't stupid enough to go along with it.

But they did.

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#2 Jan 16 2010 at 11:39 PM Rating: Decent
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It's a movie loosely based on a game, what did you expect?
#3 Jan 17 2010 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Might as well say what the twist is then because I was never planning on seeing it in the first place.
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#4 Jan 17 2010 at 12:32 AM Rating: Good
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#5 Jan 17 2010 at 9:39 AM Rating: Good
The only thing going for this movie is the Title, Eli..what a great name.
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#6 Jan 18 2010 at 7:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Wow, that's lame. I wasn't really interested before I knew that, now I see no reason to ever watch it.

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#7 Jan 18 2010 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
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I saw the trailers, which were just a lot of explosions and stupid one-liners. No hint to the plot.

That's usually a really good indicator that the plot sucks and the movie will too.
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#8 Jan 18 2010 at 5:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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It actually wasn't all that bad; it just begs how much you want to buy into the thinking behind the plot. If you're an atheist? A nonbeliever? Hate religion in general? You'll hate the movie.

Plot summary: 31 years after "the Flash" (which seems to have been an atomic explosion, or several, which had the unfortunate side effect of blowing a hole in the ozone layer as well as killing off almost all the people on the surface of the earth), a man is wandering across the country. When asked where he's going, he simply says "West." This man, later revealed to be Eli, is a machete-wielding badass man of God (of course), who reads his Bible every night, and "walks by faith, not sight" (his words, not mine). He comes across one town where the head-honcho happens to be A) literate, B) A tyrant, and C) looking for a copy of the Bible to get "the right words" to control people. When he finds out Eli has the Bible, he attempts, time and again, to get it from him. Eli continues his journey west, accompanied by Carnegie (the tyrant)'s ward, Solara.

The movie wasn't bad, but thanks to this topic I knew the twist from the beginning. It made it better in some ways, since I knew what to watch for, but worse in others, as I really had nothing special to look forward to.

Let's put it this way. If you like post-apocalyptic, violent movies with a religious bent to them, you'll enjoy The Book of Eli. The acting is nothing special. The music is almost nonexistant (it's like they tried to be "No Country for Old Men" after the end of the world). The action is pretty cool, but pretty spread out. The religious phrases quoted are really common, so nothing too special.

The only thing I did like was the underlying message that religion can be used for good OR evil, and is currently (in our time) being used for the later. Eli is an example of the "good" side of it. Basically the movie says the Bible is powerful; it's up to us how to use that power. Fair warning: you're not likely to get divine protection and awesome fighting skills like Eli.
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#9 Jan 18 2010 at 10:55 PM Rating: Good
While I didn't think the movie version of The Road was great, it was at least good. It had something The Book of Eli lacks entirely: humanity.
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#10 Apr 24 2010 at 12:39 PM Rating: Good
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See, now this film has JUST been released in Australian cinemas in late April. It's like they WANT us to pirate stuff or something. Well, if it was any good.
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#11 Apr 25 2010 at 2:17 AM Rating: Good
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See, now this film has JUST been released in Australian cinemas in late April. It's like they WANT us to pirate stuff or something. Well, if it was any good.


Blame that uber-strict censorship board you guys have. For a country that was founded by prisoners and political malcontents you guys sure do bend over a lot for your government, make your ancestors proud and shank a few big-wigs in the name of media freedom.

Edited, Apr 25th 2010 4:17am by Shaowstrike
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