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Eli is a warrior not by choice by necessity. He seeks only peace but if he is challenged, he will cut his attackers down. His hope is for the future and he does what he must to survive and continue. Carnegie is the self-appointed despot of thieves and gunmen that wants Eli's power.
Action Adventure Drama - This is a somber, violent science fiction action drama that
addresses serious issues about faith and religion, and as such may
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The Book of Eli is a decidedly mixed bag and not the most distinguished entry into the rapidly growing genre of which it finds itself a member.
Roger EbertFull Review Good I'm at a loss for words, so let me say these right away: "The Book of Eli" is very watchable. You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF!
USA TodayFull Review Average A didactic and humorless Western, Eli is too laborious for an action film and too brutal to be an inspirational tale. With its handsomely moody look, it seems more like an extended music video. Mostly, Eli is hampered by drab performances and a ponderous story.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 242 moviegoers:
TEENS:GREAT REVIEWS! Both the males and females loved "The Book of Eli." Only a very small percentage rated it as low as average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males rated it very high with just a few rating it average. Not quite as many of the females loved it, but three-quarters of them enjoyed it very much. Equally important is that the remaining quarter rated it as average, which isn't too shabby.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar and show that over three-quarters enjoyed "The Book of Eli" very much. Most of the rest rated it as average with just a few being disappointed.
In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks
across the wasteland that was once America. Empty cities, broken highways, seared earth—all
around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The
roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water…or for nothing
But they're no match for this traveler.
A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace but, if
challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he
guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years
and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something
greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive—and continue.
Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, and is
determined to make it his own: Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the self-appointed despot of a
makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara (Mila
Kunis) is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond
her stepfather's domain.
But neither will find it easy to deter him. Nothing—and no one—can stand in his way.
Eli must keep moving to fulfill his destiny and bring help to a ravaged humanity.