I don’t often get involved with writing reviews of films but “The Book of Eli” is one that certainly needs to be looked at (NOT watched – LOOKED AT!).
It really doesn’t make any difference who the stars are because the story is a typical slice ’em, dice ’em and serve ’em up raw, post apocalyptic story trying to pass on a message.
What I found very sad about this film is that the ending is far too clever for most people to understand the message.
Apart from the fact that it would appear that the first instinct of any human survivors of a world disaster is to obtain the biggest and meanest method of killing any other survivors that they might happen to come across, the story thread of the film is almost apostolic in its nature. The audience sees a man on a mission to ‘go west’ and soon learns that his westward mission is to take a book (the book of the title) to a place of safety. There are references to what he has mysteriously heard about his mission and that he has been told he will be kept safe.
To be sure, the film moves at a cracking pace and the miracles of survival brought off by the hero are breath-taking and numerous. Even in the closing sequences of the film we are shown how the life of the hero is being prolonged for him to complete his ‘mission’ (an appropriate word), but, having seen him succeed, will the average film goer really see the truth at the end of the film?
If you have not looked at this film and if you like under-dog survival stories, you should look at it.
Look very carefully at the last scene – is it telling you what you want it to tell you? (Despite many hints)
Like me, can you hear God laughing?