Book of Eli

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Paper #1 Movie Review
The Book of Eli
Denzel Washington may have over a million Oscars and over a hundred leading roles, but even his greatness could not save the sad production that is “The Book of Eli.” “The Book of Eli” is the action/adventure of a man named Eli who is in the possession of the last Bible on Earth after the apocalypse. A voice tells Eli that he must carry the Bible to the west, but along his path he runs into a warlord who is in the hunt for a Bible so he can use it’s power to rule over people. The plot seems fairly simple, but the story dumps the audience into a pool of confusion on how Earth got to the way it is in the movie. “The Book of Eli” would have been a better movie if there was more background information on the plot, if the movie actually matched the genre that it is classified for, and if there was not a conflict with being sacrilegious.

In the opening scene of the movie, Eli is hiding in a wooded area hunting prey to eat for dinner. First of all, this is the only scene that shows any type of forest area when supposedly the apocalypse was suppose to wipe out all of civilization. The setting is 30 years after the apocalypse, and Eli has been walking west because a voice told him to. Who is this voice you may ask? The voice is presumed to be the voice of God, and that would make sense since Eli is in possession of the last Bible on Earth. One could also ask how is it possible that one Bible is remaining on Earth when the Bible is the most read book in the world. There is also speculation to the time period that this movie takes place because in one of the opening scenes Eli is listening to an Al Green song from the 60’s, but his headphones are Beats by Dre‘, which are very expensive. There are many random moments throughout the movie that do not make sense logically, but if there was a briefing on what exactly happened before the movie started then the plot would make more sense; which in turn...
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