The Book of Eli
There's a lot of movies in theaters right now that I really want to see. Except we haven't had the time to go to a lot of movies with all the work we've been doing on the house. So we finally went to the movies this weekend and saw this, instead of all the other movies I wanted to see. Definitely not my pick, and clearly I didn't have the highest expectations going in.
The movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where Denzel Washington plays a character tasked with taking care of a book that has the ability to save the world. (And if you think about the title and what book could save the world, you probably could figure out exactly what book we're talking about here.)Denzel Washington was good in the movie. As was Mila Kunis.
But the movie itself? There was a pretty big plot twist at the end that according to the boy "did nothing but detract from the movie itself." It's the type of plot twist that almost makes you want to re-watch the movie to make sure they held up the plot twist the entire time. Except then you'd have to take the time to re-watch the movies.
I wasn't a big fan of the actual symbolism in the movie. If you've figured out the book in question, then know the movie was basically that type of movie. While I know there are a lot of people who enjoy seeing this time of symbolism in a movie, I'm not one of them. Maybe it would be better if the symbolism was only implied, but its a bit over the top.
I do think this movie had potential, and that if they had decided to make it just an action movie it could have been better. But instead the movie was based on "the book," and that just didn't work for me.