IMDB: The Book of Eli – 2010
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
In a post-apocalyptic world Eli has been walking west for 30 years following the path his faith leads him on, carrying with him a precious cargo. A book. Not just any book, but a weapon, that targets the hearts and minds of those who read or hear the words on its pages. As he enters a town it becomes know to the powerful mobster who rules over the town by fear and force, that he has this book, and he wants its power for himself.
Don Burgess (Director of Cinematography) excels with this film with the dark and emotional landscape shots and the brazen but brutal town scenes. They just fit so complimentary and so perfectly and almost poetically into the story line being delivered to us. The movie is a visual pleasure to see the darkness that will inevitably come, and Don has managed to lead our vision and our minds into that darkness with crafted skill.
Whilst this becomes quite blatantly a “very Christian” story, it is a good story, and ultimately it would not be hard to substitute any of the vast number of “holy books” for the bible that is in use here.
If you find yourself wanting to see something both dark and gritty, this is the movie that you want to pour into your mind.