The Book of Eli Reviews
Posted 01.11.10 by reelz
If you've turned on a TV in the past two weeks, surely you've seen an ad for The Book of Eli. A few early reviews are in. Even with A-Lister Denzel Washington in the lead, is Eli pushing critics' (and movie fans') tolerance for post-apocalyptic action-drama?
"...an intense, surprisingly serious study of a man making his way through a wilderness of catastrophic destruction and human cruelty like a latter-day prophet. An overlay of spiritual themes doesn't always work, but Eli is that rare Hollywood film that posits a Christian man as its hero."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"...a weirdly intriguing mix of Mad Max, The Postman, Fahrenheit 451, Leone's Man With No Name trilogy, and Graham Greene's novel The Power and the Glory, all shot through with an unwavering religious impulse."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The Book of Eli is like a fly throwing itself at your closed window – it means well. But after Eli, 2012, and The Road, if I never see another end-of-the-world movie between now and the end of the world, it will be too soon. Personally, I prefer my Biblical scholars to be unarmed and comparatively unskilled in Martial Arts."
— Mark Ramsey, Movie Juice