The Book of Eli
Available on Netflix: yes
A beautifully shot post apocalyptic thriller, Book of Eli follows the intense story of a man (played by Denzel Washington), who's protecting the last bible on the earth. Along the way, he encounters a vicious ruler (Gary Oldman) of a small town who wants to use the bible to coerce people into doing whatever he wants, stating his actions are "God's Will". The action is intense, brutal, and bloody, the acting is fairly good (especially by Washington and Oldman, Mila Kunis is playing literally every role she's ever played, just in a wasteland), the cinematography is beautiful, as is the lighting, and it's overall an incredible film to look at. One of my problems is the score. It's fairly underwhelming, and I get what they were trying to do, but the music just felt like it wasn't there. You could here it, but it felt like background noise. While that may seem a good thing, I found it distracting in a few scenes, especially with some of the more jarring pieces during action scenes. The ending is also somewhat flawed, but it's nothing that would make me annoyed. It's unpredictable, and they do a nice job of wrapping it up, and when you look back on the film after a second viewing, the ending does make sense. I'll give you a hint, watch the fight scenes and the dialogue scenes closely, you'll start to notice a pattern. It's a great, entertaining action movie with a little bit of substance, and some great performances. That's really all I can say.
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