Book of Eli


It took me three attempts on the flick “Book of Eli” as I have doubt if it’s worth a ticket, nevertheless, I found myself sitting inside the theatre on Tuesday evening.  The motivation was (1) it’s a Denzel Washington starrer; and (2) the man has not made a bad film in his career and (3) has been a consistent shoo-in for any acting award in every film he makes.  After 118 minutes it wasn’t that bad as I thought it would be it’s just the story has been used before; it’s about a drifter  in search for something (going west) in a post apocalyptic wasteland carrying with him the most treasured human creation that shaped this world – the only remaining copy of King James version of the Bible (in Braille), his west was the Alcatraz island where he’ll find his peace.

The film was like Zatoichi meets the gang who couldn’t shoot straight, Carnegie (Oldman), the rundown town warlord and his militia were that shortsighted and could not hit Eli who’ll be revealed later to be blind all along (WTF!  He can shoot down snipers with accuracy atop buildings)!   The musical score to me was like a modern Ry Cooder-ish like I’m watching The Last Man Standing.  The action sequence is well choreographed but if you’re so interested in a post-apocalyptic human powerful ultra-realistic drama grab the DVD of Viggo Mortensen’s starrer The Road.

The movie last lines was so compelling (below).

Dear lord thank you for giving me strength and conviction to complete the task you entrusted to me.
Thank you for guiding me straight and true through the many obstacles in my path.
And for keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost.
Thank you for your protection and for your many signs along the way.
Thank you for the good that I may have done.
I am so sorry about the bad.
Thank you for the friend I made.
Please watch over her as you watched over me.
Thank you for finally allowing me to rest.
I am so very tired.
But I go now to my rest at peace… knowing that I have done right with my time on this earth.
I fought the good fight.
I finished the race.
I kept the faith.

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2 comments
  1. auggie said:

    I haven’t seen ELI yet, but I saw the THE ROAD. What can I say? EXTREMELY DEPRESSING! altho you get good acting chops from Viggo. And production design is excellent too. Captured the Zeitgiest when the world is down & out!

    • The movie was really heartbreaking but it borders reality, somehow it changes how we see and disregard this planet. I like the film despite being extremely depressing.

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