Upon my weekly perusing of Apple trailers page, its poster graphic caught my eye. Well, partly because it was featured pretty large on the top of the page, and the names Denzel Washington & Gary Oldman are enough to make me click on it.
Well, if trailers usually reveal the best parts of a movie then let’s just say I won’t bother seeing this one.
For one, I’m kind of tired of apocalyptic themes, it seems like Hollywood is obsessed with it, yet rarely comes up with a real good one that isn’t a blatant excuse to amuse themselves with special effects. This one looks peculiarly similar to Will Smith’s I am Legend, and of course, Denzel is the lone hero in a post-acolyptic world. The key to humanity is held in that supposedly sacred Book of Eli that he’s somehow sworn to protect. Not sure exactly what or how the book is supposed to save humankind here but we’re supposed to just go along with it and sympathize with Denzel’s character for having such a burden on his own rugged shoulder.
This is pretty much a Denzel vehicle, which I have no problem with if it weren’t oh so dull. Gary Oldman on the other hand, appears in a ‘blink and you miss it’ moment halfway through the trailer, which is odd considering his name is on the poster! From the few seconds I had to deduce, looks like he’s playing the baddie again, which we all know he’s great at. Mila Kunis is indeed a very peculiar choice here, and not in a good way frankly. I guess she’s come a long way from That 70s Show, but still…
Anyhoo, the whole thing just feels rather banal and somber. Denzel’s voice narrates the typical cliched premise about how everyone on that earth would kill to get the book and how one man would do anything to protect it [yawn]. Even the fighting scenes are pretty blase, the arrow going across in a slo-mo a la 300 (and countless others since), meh, I’ve seen those a million times before. Oh well Denzel, I’d rather save my ten bucks for your next project, Inside Man 2.