Not much this week except for a biblical tale of post apocalyptic world that must be saved by one man. Hmm that sounds oddly familiar. Oh wait I got it, that’s every post-apocalyptic movie ever right? No, no, it’s the Book of Eli.

The Book of Eli (Nationwide)

Action, Adventure (R)

(From wikipedia) In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone person, Eli (Denzel Washington), guards the Book of Eli (a Bible which, to his knowledge, is the last in the world), which provides knowledge that could redeem society, and the source of all their pain. The despot (Gary Oldman) of a small makeshift town plans to take possession of the book.

This movie has the potential to be really good if it doesn’t throw religion in the face of viewers. While I’m not against religion, I think that there’s a line a movie shouldn’t cross and that is preaching to the viewer. Now this is not to say that I don’t enjoy films such as Passion of the Christ, but seeing as that was a story about Jesus I knew what I was getting into. The trailers for Book of Eli only hints at the religious undertones and therefore some people may be shocked when they enter to watch a science fiction film and get a Christian film.

On the other hand, I do find this movie to have a fairly original tale on top of a very old one. One man must save the post-apocalyptic future… yea seen that before, but when have you seen this: “Eli is carrying a copy of the last Bible on the planet, since all other religious texts – including Torahs and Korans – were rounded up and destroyed 30 years before after religious strife was believed to have caused a devastating global nuclear war.”

We shall have to wait and see if it’s any good I guess.