The Book of Eli in cinemas now

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Wheelbarrow, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Wheelbarrow

    Wheelbarrow First time out of the vault

    Nov 24, 2008
    Post-apocalyptic aficionados may wish to take a look at recently released action/PA Denzel Washington vehicle The Book of Eli.<blockquote>Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years, walking west across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. Eli is a peaceful man who only acts in self defense, and becomes a warrior with unbelievable killing skills when he is challenged. After the war and the "Big Flash", Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book with his life, because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future.</blockquote>In a post on our forums, Wheelbarrow claims it was very reminiscent of Fallout<blockquote>Very interesting; and blatantly fallout. Everything about it reminded me alot of the first two FO games. The people, the places, the music too. I even saw a vault-tec like advertisement poster for large fallout shelters on the wall in a couple of scenes.

    It wasn't the most incredible movie ever, but it was pretty dang good. I enjoyed it, especially being a Fallout fan.</blockquote>
  2. EnglishMuffin

    EnglishMuffin Still Mildly Glowing

    Jul 21, 2008
    I don't know. I loved the idea of a post apocalyptic based movie but the premise that the bible is the last and only hope for humanity. Seems ridiculous to me. I'm not a fan of religion and am an atheist so you can see why this is turning me away from seeing this movie.
  3. coliphorbs

    coliphorbs Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Oof, spoilers dude.
  4. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    "The Road" seems to be the better movie (for me) but it doesnt show up in cinemas, so I give this one a try.
  5. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

    Jun 11, 2008
    Friend of mine that has seen it said "the script is like a wet dream of 12 years old boy from catholic school" and overall did not like it that much. But I will still see it because I love everything post-apo. Hopefully it will not be THAT bad.
  6. Hamenaglar

    Hamenaglar It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jun 2, 2009
    Sounds like sh*t.
  7. warsaw

    warsaw Still Mildly Glowing

    Dec 1, 2008
    yeah, kinda glad englishmuffin just ruined it right there. now i don't have to see this trash and be disappointed with it's 'GOD IS THE ANSWER' message.
  8. archont

    archont It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 20, 2008
    Depending on where the movie is in terms of the scale of idealism versus cynicism it could be anywhere from the guy being the second coming of Moses who brings peace and love to the wartorn world, to a delusional old man, blindly killing in desperate, effortless rage, clinging to a tattered old meaningless book.

    From the comments I've seen so far it's leaning towards the first - and I don't like it. Sure, making a world so evil where the sky rains needles and the most just character is one who killed his own mother and incestly newborn brother because he wanted to test out a new gun makes the viewer uninterested and ultimately the audience stops caring.. but face-palming idealism is just as bad, if not worse.
  9. Wheelbarrow

    Wheelbarrow First time out of the vault

    Nov 24, 2008
    Yikes, spoilers.

    In this case, englishmuffin's post doesn't really spoil much, and I definitely wouldn't dismiss the whole movie just because it may have some type of religious element in the plot.

    The strengths of the film are in the atmosphere, the setting, and the portrayal of life in the wasteland IMO. To dismiss it because the plot has to do with the bible (and it is definitely not an overt endorsement of Christianity or any other religion) is pretty foolish.
    If you enjoyed fallout, I think you will at the least find the movie interesting.

    Like I said before, It's definitely not a classic, but for Fallout fans it's worth a look ;).
  10. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jan 31, 2008
    As mentioned, "The Road" looked a lot better...
  11. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    While the story may not be focused on it, it brings up again the subject how the bible is going to liberate the world and other such nonsense.

    I am not anti religious or anything, and have nothing against those who believe in the mainstream religions, but I rather don't have this kind of promotion in a movie.
  12. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I am sure youre one of those heroic people that comes out of Star Wars - The empire strikes back, explaining how mediocre the movie was and telling loudly who Darth Vader was really. :P

    But I agree, if that is really what Elis book is about ... then its one of the worst things ever.

    Jup just this time dual wielding swords instead of throwing aroud stones with commandments.

    Anyway. I actualy dont like this approach not for a post apoc movie. If something like The Prophecy as movie is using this as main theme, with the Book of Revelation or something thats a good thing in my eyes, mainly cause the actors have been well choosen and the plot wasnt to cliche.

    I would have expected for Eli, either to never reveal the informations in the book, sometimes one mystery more is better then a stupid explanation, or to show something technical. Maybe simple knowledge.
  13. UnidentifiedFlyingTard

    UnidentifiedFlyingTard Vault Fossil

    Mar 12, 2009
    Damn, I was looking forward to this too, well, at least there is still Fury Road to look forward too.
  14. MutantDwarf

    MutantDwarf First time out of the vault

    Aug 5, 2009
    I thought it was pretty clear the book was a religious one from pretty much everything I've ever heard of the movie, from the trailers to that blurb to the name of the movie itself. Mind, I thought it was about a new gospel to add to the bible or something like that, not the bible itself (never would have guessed that, since there are probably as many bibles around as there are people, once you include all the ones in those crappy motels). It's very clear that it's a religious film, especially the bit about Eli being 'guided bye a higher power'. EnglishMuffin's post isn't a spoiler any more than if I told you '2 Fast 2 Furious' was a movie that had lots of fast cars and racing in it.
  15. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I just checked the wiki article on this movie.

    Apparently the version of the bible that survived was the King James' version.

    The same version nutbags like Jack Chick use to promote Christianity.

    Way to go movie writer.

    I guess the post apocalyptic world will be a more fertile ground for this version of the bible to thrive.
  16. warsaw

    warsaw Still Mildly Glowing

    Dec 1, 2008
    If the latter were the case, I'd see the movie. I'm not against religion, but when it becomes the overshadowing theme, then the story becomes pretty pointless. Especially when the subject at hand is "humanity".

    They did the same thing with I am Legend. The book had nothing to do with religion. In fact, I'm pretty sure the main character forsakes God at one point. Which was the whole point of the story: man can stand on his own. The movie turned it around, blamed everything on miracles, and how everything that happened was by God's hands, and implying that we're all just puppets no matter what.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't wanna go to a movie about survival and humanity, and end up being told to go to church.
  17. Piraci

    Piraci First time out of the vault

    Oct 6, 2008
    This doesn't sound appealing to me. I saw The Road, but didn't care for it much either. The book was better. I'll maybe see it on discount night, but if its pretty much religion, I doubt I'll like it.
  18. AnTi90d

    AnTi90d First time out of the vault

    Sep 3, 2009
    Yeah.. I won't be downloading this.. err.. I mean.. going to see it in the theaters.. (cough)

    Even more than I hate movies that preach.. I hate movies with Denzel Washington.
  19. Khan FurSainty

    Khan FurSainty Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Apr 23, 2009
    Uhhh... This sounds just like "The Stand". It was the same "religion is the only answer and God is still your master" crap. The only redeeming quality was seeing a rape scene with a almost naked Laura San Giacomo. It was... heavenly. :lol:
  20. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Mildly Dipped

    Jul 24, 2007
    Haven't seen the film, but from first glimpse I figured that it went like this:

    Denzel reads the Bible.
    DENZEL: I know kung-fu.
    Denzel saves humanity.