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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Book of Eli dir. by: Albert Hughes

MOVIE SUMMARY:
In a violent post-apocalyptic society, the drifter Eli has been wandering to west across North America for the last thirty years reading a unique book that he brings with him. He survives hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches the village ruled by the powerful mobster Carnegie, the man offers a job to Eli to join his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter Solara to convince Eli spending the night with him. The girl sees the book of Eli, and when Carnegie beats up on Claudia, she reveals that Eli has the sought book. Carnegie sends his gang to take the book from Eli, but the man is up for protecting the book with his life. (source: imbd.com)

THOUGHTS:
My family is big on movies. One definition of a perfect weekend is with 10 or more dvds to watch. And after every movie there is always a big discussion about the whole film. The Book of Eli was the biggest topic of discussion since... I don't even remember what movie. I love watching post apocalyptic genre. All those human survivors who prevail despite insufficient water to maintain hygiene, whom developed skills that dated back from the homo erectus stage and as barbaric as Braveheart. Yet I have never seen a film that I could say was really awesome that I'd care to have shouting match with my husband because he cannot agree with me. That... until The Book of Eli dvd was rented last Saturday.

We always start our debate on how the ending was portrayed. Husband (Migs) and his cousin (Dax) think it was over the top and there were a lot of consistency, they felt cheated because Eli was blind! They said it was beyond impossible that a blind man can dodge bullet and fight that well. They said that the movie was supposed to be realistic and that they could have accepted if the ending was like this ---> Eli (Denzel Washington) said he is the King James Bible, Carnegie (Gary Oldman) saw it was in Braille and then we all get impressed because Eli after 30 years of roaming the USA somehow learned to read Braille. Seriously they would have been content with that. I and the little brother in law (Carlos) on the other hand thinks this was a perfect twist and that they were just mad because they did not catch the clues trailed inside the movie. Plus the whole blind thing was a perfect touch for his role as the Prophet, don't you think? The debate was then followed by the barter of menial stuff like KFC wet ones, an ounce of shampoo, gloves to a bottle of water, charging of batteries, and whatever it is that you might need. Dax then questioned how white Solara's teeth (Mila Kunis) were, considering that the world's condition was in dire reflection. Hello leather?! duh then there were a bunch of other ridiculous theories about what Carnergie's harlot (Jennifer Beals) did after the chaos, was Eli blind before of after the war? Is he human?

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