Book of Eli

Book of Eli

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Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Cast: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

     
 

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In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and See more details below

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In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell and Dead Presidents). Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson co-star in the Warner Bros. production.

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In the event of the apocalypse, there will be a prevalence of machetes, cannibalism, and white guys in dreadlocks and goggles. Things will be bleak, but at least you can follow Denzel Washington around as he wanders the parched landscape with floods of gravitas, occasionally engaging in awesomely staged silhouette-melees with bands of barbarian thugs. This is the basic experience of The Book of Eli. It's not the coolest, deepest, or most badass post-apocalyptic thriller, but it's not terrible, and Washington's performance goes a long way. He plays your basic man with no name, a guy who's been traveling west on an apparent mission from God for the past 30 years -- since humanity effed itself with a massive war that somehow resulted in the sun depleting the earth of all its resources and most of its people. We know that he's a highly skilled ass-kicker; he looks sweet wielding a sawed-off shotgun and can take down entire teams of opponents with a Bowie knife. And we know that he radiates understated charisma; every time he engages with some hard-scrabbling citizen, he subdues them with the kind of mesmerizing charm that could put a rabid dog at ease. And, within enough proximity of the opening credits that it can't be considered a spoiler, we know that he's carrying a Bible with him on his journey, guarding it against all obstacles and foes. Why it's taken him 30 years to reach the West Coast -- even on foot -- is not clear, but as he nears his destination, Washington's character happens upon a town, where Tom Waits barters chapstick and handy wipes, Mila Kunis glances furtively as she serves drinks, and Gary Oldman rules the settlement with an iron fist. So when the badass with no name shows up in the saloon one day and is forced to demonstrate his hard-hitting prowess on a gang of dreadlocked/goggled ruffians, he piques the mayor's interest. Soon, Oldman figures out that the holy book Denzel's carrying is the ultimate tool for controlling and exploiting the masses and sets his sights on obtaining it, while Kunis (who plays his sort-of stepdaughter) joins up with the hero and vows to help him defeat Oldman, and deliver the book to its mysterious destination out west. That whole idea that religion can be used for good or for evil is pretty simplified, but after 2009's Nic Cage embarrassment Knowing, The Book of Eli feels damn near like a graduate-level seminar in faith. And while it's kind of a shame that dystopian heroes don't say much, it can't be denied that Washington's portrayal is top-tier for this kind of movie. The script can be a little weak -- there's a plot twist that may or may not make you gouge your eyes out, and lot of minor developments turn out to make no sense -- but the many pieces that make up the production, from the nuts-and-bolts illustrations of post-humanity survival to the immaculately constructed burned-out landscapes, are often breathtaking. It's clear that with a more sophisticated script to back it up, The Book of Eli could have been a lot better, but for a portrayal of society at the end of all prosperity and hope, it really could be a lot worse.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0883929331772
Original Release:
2010
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
30,379

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Eli
Gary Oldman Actor,Carnegie
Mila Kunis Actor,Solara
Ray Stevenson Actor,Redridge
Jennifer Beals Claudia
Michael Gambon Actor,George
Evan Jones Martz
Joe Pingue Hoyt
Frances de la Tour Martha
Tom Waits Engineer
Chris Browning Hijack Leader
Richard Cetrone Hijacker
Keith Davis Hijacker
Don Thai Theerathada Hijacker
Thom Harris Williams Hijacker
Lateef Crowder Hijacker/Construction Thug
Lora Martinez Cunningham Young Woman Hijacker
Scott Wilder Middle-Aged Man
Heidi Pascoe Middle-Aged Woman
Jennifer Caputo Biker
Eddie Perez Biker
Spencer Sano Biker/Town Thug
Karin Silvestri Biker
Mike Gunther Sniper
John Koyama Sniper
Mike McCarty Sniper
Scott Michael Morgan Construction Thug Leader
Sala Baker Construction Thug
Arron Shiver Bartender
Justin Tade Town Doctor
Mike Seal Door Guard
Richard Smith Orpheum Patron
Edward Duran Town Thug
David Wald Town Thug
Jermaine Washington Town Thug
Paul Crawford Town Thug
Kofi W. Elam Convoy Thug
Clay Donahue Fontenot Convoy Thug
Al Goto Convoy Thug
Brad Martin Convoy Thug
Tim Rigby Convoy Thug
Luis Bordonada Carnegie Gunman #1
Robert Powell Carnegie Gunman #2
Angelique Midthunder Catling Gun Gunner
Todd Schneider Caddy Driver
Darrin Prescott Suburban Driver
Laurence Chavez Ice Cream Truck Driver
Brian Lucero Alcatraz Guard
David Midthunder Alcatraz Soldier

Technical Credits
Albert Hughes Director
Allen Hughes Director
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Brad Arensman Associate Producer
Derrick Ballard Set Decoration/Design
Gae S. Buckley Production Designer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Yolanda Cochran Co-producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Downey Executive Producer
KNB EFX Makeup Special Effects
Ethan Erwin Associate Producer
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Ricardo Guillermo Set Decoration/Design
Broderick Johnson Producer
Hiro Koda Stunts
Andrew Kosove Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Cindy Mollo Editor
Erik Olsen Executive Producer
Tony Peckham Screenwriter
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Siobhan Roome Set Decoration/Design
Atticus Ross Score Composer
Leopold Ross Score Composer
Claudia Sarne Score Composer
Joel Silver Producer
David Valdes Producer
Denzel Washington Producer
John David Washington Co-producer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
Gary Whitta Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Starting Over - Explore the role we might pay in reshaping society after a global catastrophe; Eli's Journey - Probe the historical and mythological roots of the film's central themes; ; The Book of Eli Soundtrack - Co-Director Allen Hughes and Composer Atticus Ross compare notes about the soundtrack's construction and deconstruction; ; Plus: Additional Scenes A Lost Tale: Billy Animated Short covering Carnegie's backstory

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