From the Hughes brothers, who are best known for producing, directing, and writing Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, we have The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington as a man on a mission in a post-apocalyptic world.
I went into this film with very little knowledge of the storyline, and I will say I was caught off guard once it got into the meat of the plot. I will admit I did go into this movie with a bit of skepticism because I couldn’t see Denzel as an action hero, in my mind he’s an incredible dramatic actor (think Malcolm X), but I tried to be as objective as possible once the film began.
When all is said and done, I wasn't too crazy about this film, but there are a lot of redeeming qualities that keep this from being a two star movie. For instance, I liked the post-apocalyptic stylization of the movie and I think that the acting performances of the two male leads along with some supporting roles are worth watching. I definitely think a very specific group of people will enjoy this film, but I don't think this film is for everyone especially once it takes a somewhat religious turn. To say that this is an action movie is by far stretching the definition; I think this is more of a post-apocalyptic indie drama with some action sprinkled in but when there is an action scene it definitely delivers in terms of excitement and brutality earning the movie its R-rating.
I will say that I was never bored, but I never really felt excited about what was going on as the plot unfolded. I'd definitely recommend people rent this film, but it's not necessarily something you need to see in the theater on a big screen. If you're looking for a straight-up action movie you're not going to find one here (think more "western" action movie than modern action movie).
Rating: 3 stars