Review: The Book of Eli

I finally got the chance to see the movie The Book of Eli last week (I know I’m kinda behind the times), and I found it very interesting. First of all, it was a great experience, because it doesn’t matter what movie you are watching, if it is on Blu-Ray on a 65 inch plasma HDTV then it is going to be good. But putting the viewing experience aside, I thought it had a some very interesting themes.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then you might want to consider reading this post later. There might be some spoilers.

Firstly, I thought it was interesting that Hollywood would put out such a religious film. I mean, the whole movie is centered around THE HOLY BIBLE! Denzel Washington actually quotes scripture a couple times during the movie. Did it surprise anyone else that this film was so freaking religious? Its not like I was angry or anything, it was actually a pleasant surprise. I just found it very interesting.

The basic plot is this: “the book” is actually The Bible, and it is the only one left on earth, after the rest were burned during the “flash” (the apocalypse). Denzel Washington is on a journey to take the book somewhere, while the antagonist is in search of the book. Also, there are very few people left on the earth who know how to read.

There were a couple lines that I found interesting.

At one point the antagonist who was searching for the book said,

“If I get this book then I can be in control of everyone.”

Hmm, now what do you think he meant by that? Maybe their perception of christianity (I use that term loosely in the context of this movie) is one of cultish anarchist power. Maybe their perception of christianity today is that if you get a group of people together and start teaching from the Bible then people will start following you. Just a thought.

Also, the movie begins in a post-apocalyptic setting, after the “flash,” as they call it in the movie. This causes my mind to wander what caused the world to get to that point. Another line in the movie is,

“This was all caused by the book.”

Again, it makes me wander how exactly it was the book’s fault, or the fault of the people who read and lived their life by the book?

Then at the end Denzel and his friend finally reach their destination which turns out to be Alcatraz, and it is basically being used as a place to collect all historical books and rebuild humanity. But on their journey they lost the book. Its okay though, don’t panic, because Denzel has the whole Bible memorized, because he was blind the whole movie, and the Bible was actually written in braille the whole time. So it does no good to the antagonist who can’t read braille, and Denzel ends up reciting and rewriting the whole Bible which turns out to be the New King James Version (so thats how they came up with the NKJV, I never knew).

So what I found most interesting at the end (and I may be reading too much into this) is that Denzel shaves his whole body, and changes into a white robe before he lays down to die. They place the new copy of the Bible on a bookshelf in between the Qur’an and some other religious book that I can’t remember.

Am I reading too much into that or did anyone else find it interesting when this happened at the end?

Well I’m already too long-winded, so I’m going to end it with this. I thought this movie was one of the best I’ve seen in a while, and I would recommend it to anyone. Although, if you’ve made it this far into this post then you already know the plot, but go watch it anyway. I need to watch it again.

What did you think about this film?

Any thoughts, or answers to the questions that I have posed here?

Any questions of your own?