Couch Potato Pickings | The Book of Eli didn’t ring my bell, but I loved that scene…

The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington

I was immediately rather intrigued when I heard about The Book of Eli.

A post-apocalyptic movie, it tells the tale of a lone traveller (Denzel Washington) who attempts to transport the only remaining bible across a war-ravaged America.

It’s an interesting idea for a story and raised many questions in my mind: Where have all the other bibles gone? Why has this one survived? Why is this man attempting to transport it? And such like.


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And there’s actually no denying that this movie answers these questions. It also offers food for thought a-plenty, as well as some nice narrative twists and turns.

However, I was disappointed. I’m not a fan of showy-offy action and this film’s full of it. I also found its grey-beige-brown colour palette very dreary.

In fact, sadly, with the exception of one delightfully surreal scene featuring Frances de la Tour, Michael Gambon and Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell which completely jolted me out of my stupor, I was bored and restless throughout, and struggled to stay engaged.

I did, however, find the passionate comment thread about this movie on the Guardian film blog very engaging. This film’s certainly stimulated debate…

The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington

The Book of Eli is showing on Sky Movies Premiere today – Saturday 16th January – at 10pm and at various times throughout the week.

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