Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: The Book of Eli

Denzel on The Book of Eli
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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.

5 thoughts on “Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: The Book of Eli

  1. Mike

    Hey, that’s what Hollywood does, it keeps remaking movies. In reality this one goes back to Charleton Heston’s The Omega Man (1971). And that one was pretty silly. If I were to make one of these movies I have it so a plague killed all the men, and none of the women. And I was the last guy alive LOL!

  2. So you’re tired of apocalyptic movies are you?? Well, get used to them, 2012 is the year many people believe we’re all gonna die. So I think they will be making many more. And yes, they are getting old.

  3. D Rock

    Gotta tell you…read the script and it’s pretty damn smart. There are some great fight scenes that they obv left out of the trailer. Hold off on judging this for a bit….that’s my take.

    1. rtm

      Point taken, D Rock. I’m just ‘judging’ it based on what I saw on the trailer. If the actual flick ends up being much better than that, then great. In fact, with talents like Denzel & Gary Oldman, I HOPE it’d be a good one! Btw, where can I read the script you’re speaking of?

  4. mcarteratthemovies

    If “Eli” turns out to be another “I Am Legend,” I will be sorely disappointed. I loved “I Am Legend” until the vampires showed up, and then the whole movie went downhill. It felt too much like two movies jammed together, with one of them (the first half) being very smart and nuanced and the other being mindless action and a pointlessly melodramatic conclusion.

    M. Carter at the Movies

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