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The Book of Eli

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. 

Year: 2010 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes 
Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis  
An image from The Book of Eli

Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, a dishevelled old survivor slowly walks down the dusty road amongst the rubble of a town torn to pieces. Eli (Washington) seems like easy pickings. Or is he? Those who cross him are in for a rude awakening. Eli has a mission. He has to restore the world to what it once was. He knows that the only way to do this lies in the King James Bible he is carrying. Unfortunately he’s not the only one who understands its worth. Carnegie (Oldman) will stop at nothing to have the book in his collection and is willing to send force after force against Eli in order to get it. Is one man enough to save the world?

This is the stylish new installment from the Hughes brothers, whose work has not been seen since the 2002 horror From Hell. This latest work is certainly of biblical proportions. Its intriguing new concepts make it stand out from the current influx of apocalyptic flicks. Shot in a striking yellow, it is reminiscent of the graphic style used in many comic book adaptations. The superb fight sequences are just as stylised, well co-ordinated and taking place at lightning speed. Although there is a certain righteousness to the protagonist and a slightly religious background to the plot, this is not over-emphasised and the film is still easy watching for those of us who are less spiritual.

The highly acclaimed Denzel Washington does not disappoint in his role and gives an excellent performance as the strong silent protagonist with an aura of inner calm. He is well supported by Oldman and Kunis and there are some amusing cameos to watch out for. This is definitely one to keep you on the edge of the seat.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)