The Book of Eli

Book of Eli

The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington

The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington with Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis, tells the story of Eli a man on a mission in the post-flash (post-apocalyptic) world. It’s the regular post-apocalyptic scenario: resources are scarce, water is as precious as oil, and cannibalism is all-too-common. He knows he needs to head west, but  he doesn’t know why. He has a purpose, told to him by a voice–all he knows is that he must follow the voice. He carries a book with him at all times, reading from it religiously as he walks along the path, not letting anyone get in his way–no one can block the path laid out before him. There’s a good amount of violence, though it could have been much more gruesome. There were some great fights, and a few intense shootouts (Dumbledore even makes an appearance!). Best of all, one of the best twists came at the end, making everything that happened before it all the more significant.

All in all, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last year, and definitely one of the more Christian-themed movies I’ve seen come from the mainstream. By that, I don’t mean it delivers a gospel message, but that it really discusses the difference between reading the Bible and living by what it teaches (in fact, Eli says that at one point). He does his best to make the best decisions he can make, but ultimately he finds that he needs to trust in God’s plan for his life, having faith that God will lead him in the right direction, and that He actually has a purpose beyond what Eli can see.

There’s another distinction made: between the Bible as the word of God with truths of salvation and an object used to sway people to follow a tyrant’s will. It’s an instrument of hope, not of domination, which the movie deals with in-depth, as just after “the flash” all the Bibles and religious texts are burned in order to stop any wars in the future. They have a point, historically, as many wars have stemmed from religious issues, though it’s not the book, but the people, who cause such problems. We see this all too clearly in this movie.

See this movie, if only for the good action, but it’s not a shallow film!


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