Movie Muhwednesday 2: Book of Eli – 2.5-out-of-5 T’s

Okay, this movie was… decent. I love Denzel Washington, so I’ll watch him in anything and be glad for it. He does a great job here. Everyone does a great job here, talent-wise. Denzel as Eli, Mila Kunis as his… we’ll call her a disciple, Gary Oldman as the bad guy (ugh, I love Oldman too; This is him going back to his early 90′s roles of awesome, off the wall bad-guys that make your skin crawl while you can’t take your eyes away), and Ray Stevenson as Oldman’s henchman. The cast knocked this one out of the park, believe me.
On the downside, film itself, the script, is hobbled by its twist. And oh, is there a twist. It renders the rest of the film unbelievable in retrospect. There isn’t a lot I can say about it, because it ruins the movie, but still… gah.
I don’t think you’ll regret watching it. With the slew of terrible films out there right now, this one is by no means awful. It has a strong beginning, great characters and actors, a feel-good end where the good guy wins and the bad guy falls just short of his evil plan, and hope for the future in this dystopian wasteland.
The twist kills it for me, though. As long as you don’t go in expecting the “Road Warrior”, or the kind of acceptance/dawning realization you get with the twist at the end of “Sixth Sense”, you should be fine. The actors make this movie watchable, and they’re the only thing keeping this from being a 1 on the T-scale.
Rent it. It’s worth that.

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