Clark Kent says: Can you recall the last Denzel Washington movie you watched? I didn’t see The Taking of Pelham 123 — only because I wanted to see the original first. But the Brooklynite comes for the jugular in his new movie… is it a knockout though?
GOOD: Directors the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, From Hell) take their turn at the post-apocalyptic film genre. Another notch on their interesting filmography, The Book of Eli finds Denzel Washington back in the action-adventure genre as he play (you guessed it) Eli. Equipped with a shotgun and a blade that would make Rambo jealous, Eli is badass and all business. He’s willing to do everything to protect this mysterious book. Washington kicks ass in The Book of Eli, while the story doesn’t suffer under the great thespians acting talents. Screenwriter Gary Whitta gives an interesting look at “life after the end of the world” that is sure to give audiences something to think about after seeing Eli.
BAD: The film could’ve used more action scenes featuring Denzel using his skills to combat evil. Washington’s Eli is also the most original character in a film full of cookie cutter characters. Gary Oldman seems like a typical post-apocalypse/western baddie and Mila Kunis doesn’t add too much extra to Eli’s story. There are quite of few inconsistencies that will leave audiences scratching their head once they finish watching this flick.