The Book of Eli - 4.5/5 stars
I admit I had (very) serious doubts about this one; thankfully, the movie far surpassed my expectations. It's probably not for everyone, due to it’s brutal and often unsettling nature; it does, however, offer something that the vast majority of movies do not: a strong Christian worldview. The Bible is acknowledged as the precious and powerful Book that it is, and stirring themes of faith, sacrifice, and redemption abound. Washington gives a terrific performance as the determined hero, and the Hughes Brothers inject the proceedings with intense pacing and brilliant cinematography. Of course, the film is not a perfect - and it shouldn’t be viewed as a comprehensive, Gospel-tract view of the Christian faith. In the end, though, the pros far outweigh the cons. I hope we see more movies like it.
Content: several sequences of graphic violence, as characters are sliced, shot, stabbed, etc., and some strong language (though interestingly enough, Eli himself never swears).
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