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Running Time:
1 hour, 58 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some brutal violence and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This post-apocalyptic western is cursed by a sense of self-importance which its pallid story does not warrant.

Additional Info:
Denzel Washington ... Eli
Gary Oldman ... Carnegie
Mila Kunis ... Solara
Ray Stevenson ... Redridge
Jennifer Beals ... Claudia
Evan Jones ... Martz
Joe Pingue ... Hoyt
Frances de la Tour ... Martha
Michael Gambon ... George
Tom Waits ... Engineer

The Book of Eli
The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. Empty cities, broken highways, seared earth - all around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water...or for nothing at all.

But they're no match for
Eli (Denzel Washington "American Gangster"), a warrior not by choice but necessity, seeking only peace but, if challenged, he will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive and keep on going on.

Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, and is determined to make it his own: Carnegie (Gary Oldman "The Dark Knight"), the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara (Mila Kunis "Max Payne") is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond her stepfather's domain. But neither will find it easy to deter Eli. Nothing, and no one, can stand in his way. Eli must keep moving to fulfill his destiny and bring help to a ravaged humanity.

The Book of Eli
was directed by Albert and Allen Hughes ("From Hell") who have made this post-apocalyptic western that seems to be cursed by its sense of self-importance, but its pallid storyline will hardly holds your interest long enough to make it effective.


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