Sunday, 7 February 2010

The Book of Eli ***

For any fan of Denzel, you're probably going to the enjoy this film! And if you're an action fan it's right up your street. But this isn't anything too groundbreaking.

It's based around a post-apocalyptic world with limited resources, fighting and some pretty weird characters. The film focuses on Denzel Washington finding his path through this situation which another force has given him. But along the way he has some pretty intense battles involving a very sharp blade, and some brilliant reflexes.

In terms of the actual action in the film, it remains quite constant and you never really have anytime to get bored. Plus the story to the film is very subtly revealing with a great twist towards the end. Keep an eye out on certain things Denzel notices if you want to try and figure it out before the big reveal! It's a very religious driven film also, which brings all sorts of ambiguity to movie.

The cinematography is relatively interesting. It's verging on the 300 theme of lighting and editing, but remains just enough mainstream for audiences not to get too freaked out by the diversity. It can be a little gritty at times, as you can imagine considering this film is focused around people doing anything and everything to gain certain things like water and food to survive.

There are some recognisable faces in the film - One being Denzel of course, who plays an ever mean yet lovable character once more. That guy just oozes cool. It also has Gary Oldman who plays the inevitable bad character of the film. He's actually very, very good in this film, and pulls off this chief like persona really well. And Mila Kunis playing an almost team mate figure adds a little divergence to this testosterone filled movie.

The problem with this movie is that it doesn't really offer anything new. Don't get me wrong, I personally enjoyed it because it's a little escape into a world that cinema can create. It's just very conventional yet quite entertaining. So if you want to see lots of fights and gore, be there!

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