Volume 47, Number 10 - January 19, 2010

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Monique Dos Anjos
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LOADED: Solara, played by Mila Kunis, and Eli, played by Denzel Washington, prepare to fight their way through the wasteland in The Book of Eli which opens on Friday, Jan. 15.

What is the book about?

By Monique Dos Anjos

In the Hughes Brothers latest film, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington stars as Eli, a man on a mission to deliver a book across a desolate wasteland to the western United States. The Book of Eli is based on a post-apocalyptic time, 30 years after to be precise, where humans have succumbed to living like they’re back in the Stone Age. Food and water are scarce, currency turns into trading cloth and gloves, and the only way to get protein in your system is to have a human sandwich. Eli holds hope for the future. He is not about war and violence, only peace. But he will kill anyone who dares to deter him from his path.

The book is said to be a weapon; it’s powerful enough to persuade and control the weak-minded. When Eli stops in a small town, he only encounters trouble when Carnegie, played by Gary Oldman, discovers that the book of power, the only one in existence, is in Eli’s possession. In order to persuade Eli to stay longer, Carnegie sends his adopted daughter Solara, played by Mila Kunis, where she is captivated by Eli’s hope for a future and rebuilding humanity.

The film was remarkable. It reminded me of I Am Legend, but with a better storyline and no zombies.  The cinematography was clear and the cast couldn’t have been better. The sound was a little too loud; it could have done better with less droning when the plot intensified. It’s a great way for the film industry to start off 2010. It is not a summer blockbuster, but an intriguing thriller that keeps you wondering what the heck Eli’s book is about. Does it have instructions for weapons, magic beyond comprehension or words of hope and encouragement?

Don’t listen to other movie critics that will dissuade you from watching The Book of Eli. I can honestly ask you to take my advice: prepare yourself for the greatest twist in 2010.

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