Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Book of Eli

Honey and I just got home from seeing the highly controversial "The Book of Eli" with Denzel Washington. It wasn't a movie I really wanted to see, but there wasn't really anything else out and we love Denzel so we went. We have a pact with each other that if it's bad we will walk out and get our money back. We've done this a few times in the past, and at first I thought we were going to have to do it again.





It's
one of those gray movies...you know no color whatsoever. I always hate those. It reminded me a little of Mad Max beyond Thunderdome. The main character, Denzel Washington, is on a mission to carry the last copy of the Bible across the country. This is after some horrible "flash" war that practically wipes everything out of existence. He comes in contact with a villain (Gary Oldman) who wants his "book" and goes to great lengths to get it. There are some great twists in the plot.



The movie is highly violent, complete with a few knife scenes that have limbs and heads flying. There is foul language and some sexuality. So I am by no means endorsing this as a good "Christian" film. But the positives in my opinion outweigh the bad. It had an interesting plot and Eli's love of the Bible and obvious devotion to the book made you want to go home and read it. In a world where most Christian films are usually sugar coated and a little too sweet, this movie could appeal to a mass audience, and actually encourage non-believers to take a second look at what we take for granted on a daily basis...our beloved Holy Bible. So decide for yourself, but I'm sorta glad I didn't walk out of the theater.




Have a blessed day.

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26 comments:

  1. Yes everyone I know that has seen it has had great things to say about it! Thanks for sharing!! I probably won't see it until it comes out on DVD LOL!!

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  2. Interesting, thanks for the review. I knew it was sort of a post apocalyptic story but now that I know it's about saving the bible, I'm a lot more inclined to see it and Denzel is a great actor.

    Be well.
    ~Andrea~

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  3. I hadnt heard of this movie, but it sounds interesting.

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  4. Thanks for the tip... I am not really into those "gray" movies either.But,I do like Denzel and him as a person. Interesting premise, though. Since I haven't seen a grown up movie in the theatre since like......????... I will put it on the dvd list. :)

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  5. I think it looks great...and I'll take your word for it that the positive outweighs the negative:)

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  6. haha I have three friends so far that have seen it. I had no real idea what it was about but when I asked if they liked it two of them said it was pretty good and the third was a bit weird about it. He said it wasn't as good as he thought it would be and he had some thinking to do. My third friend is not a Christian and NOW I know WHY the movie made him have to think. (Or at least I know more about what the movie was about and can guess what he's thinking more about....lol)

    Thanks for filling us in, still not sure if it's one I will see yet or not =)

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  7. I HAVE NOT HEARD OF IT..SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLOT FOR THE STORY, SOMETHING WE BELIEVE IN. I HAVE NOT SEEN AN R RATED MOVIE IN SO MANY YEARS NOW THOUGH..WILL HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT. HAVE A GREAT DAY! COME SAY HI :D

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  8. Thanks for the review. I have a son named Eli, so every time the preview comes on... he gets really excited to see is name 'up in lights'. :) I was wondering what the story line was & wondered if Denzel's character was suppose to be good or evil. Sounds like an interesting movie!

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  9. Becky! I was so torn about this movie - my parents saw it and said it was "ok" - but I don't know if they were in the right frame of mind...ya know?

    We love going to movies, and I'm putting this on our list. I can't wait to see it and make an opinion for myself ... !

    Happy Sunday ~

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  10. My family saw it last week...I didn't. I heard good reviews from them, though!

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  11. Thanks for the movie review. We have not been to ANY movie in so long I can't even remember the last thing I saw. Geez.

    Have a great week!.............. You have a fun trip coming up soon don't you??!!??

    Beth

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  12. I'm so glad you shared your review of this movie. I started out wanting to see it because I have a son named Eli and I also saw an interview with Denzel and he talked about his own spiritual life and his pursuit of God and how he reads the Bible daily. But then I saw previews of how gray it was and how it reminded me of a mad max movie and so I decided not to see it afterall. Now... maybe I'll go see it. lol! I do really appreciate your honest, no-frills review. Thanks :)

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  13. Thanks for your honest review. So often Christian movies alienate themselves and don't get seen by those who would most benefit from the message. Maybe "The Book of Eli" will be a movie that sheds a different light for non-believers. I suppose that if it causes one person to go home and open the bible and take another look it has done a great thing :)

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  14. I love the idea of the protagonist saving the Bible... for that reason I think I will see it. Thanks.

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  15. Thanks for sharing. I don't know if we'll ever get to see it in the theater, but I was curious about it. :) How fun you and your honey got a date night!

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  16. I didn't know it was about the last Bible being carried. Sounds interesting.

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  17. Thanks for the reveiw... My hubby just came home from work on Friday mentioning he and another guy were talking about it at work...

    He thought we would really like it. uhmmm, we'll see if we get there. But the funny thing is, is that my hubby had the title of the movie and main actor both wrong. Just making me chuckle, right now.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your opinion of the movie. I'd been looking at reviews, trying to decide if this is something we should see, and I think we will after it comes out on DVD. Although it sounds pretty dark, like the type of movie that would leave me a little depressed.

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  19. thanks for your review...i haven't heard of this movie...but as soon as you mentioned blood & heads flying off...you lost me. the grey I can deal with...i hope it will move someone to searching....there's so much violence in movies these days...this just may be a good movie to attract those viewers to something more 'worthwhile' shall we say.

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  20. I guess it just goes to show you can't judge a "book" by its cover! This movie seemed like the type I would normally pass on...so thanks for the review:)

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  21. I saw an interview of Denzels' Pastor. He shared a bit on why Denzel chose this movie. It made me feel better about going to see it. Which I haven't yet. Denzel is my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing with us. I LOVE your blog by the way!

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  22. I am glad you wrote about this. I feel you are right, most Christian films are too sweet for non believers to stomach. I feel there is a place for films like this to get the discussion of faith moving again. I hope that many will see this film. I will go see it here in Poland when it hits theaters.
    Loveyou!
    Rhonda

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  23. Well...I too am glad that I did not walk out. I went and saw this movie this weekend. To be honest I fell asleep in the beginning violent part. Just work tired but when I woke up it was at the point that the girl came into the picture and well....it was worth the watch beyond the violent. It hit my heart when he said that he had read the book every day but had not put the words into practice. I don't wish to ruin what he said so I will refrain, but it made an impact on me. Glad you liked it in the long run too. Made me smile.

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