“The Book of Eli” : Denzel Kicks Major Butt

Self is always in a good mood when she returns home from watching a deeply satisfying action movie.  Which “The Book of Eli” definitely is.

(Moreover, she got to watch yet another preview of “Clash of the Titans.” Self really cannot get enough of hearing Liam Neeson say that classic line:  “Release the Kracken!”  To put the absolute icing on her cake, self also discovered that Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are together in a sci-fi action movie called “Repo Men.”)

But, back to the movie at hand.

“Mad Max” meets “The Road Warrior” meets “The Road” (or what the movie adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel should have been, anyway) = “The Book of Eli”

Mila Kunis:  gorgeous and spunky and kicks ass (Puh-lease try to lose the Valley Girl accent, though.  Puh-lease)

Denzel Washington:  still gorgeous and spunky to the nth power and wicked with a machete and also sounds believable quoting from the King James version of the Bible.  All in all, an action hero for the ages.

British actors in bit roles (mostly bad guys) also kick butt, where would Hollywood movies be without Brit actors to lend their acting talents to all the bad-guy parts in movies?  Self could have sworn that was Michael Gambon in one scene, playing one-half of a cannibal couple holed up in an old house in the middle of nowhere and listening to “You Can Ring My Bell” on a gramophone.  Also, Ray Stevenson (who self last saw in BBC series “Rome,” which —  how uncanny that self is now reading Tacitus’ The Annals of Imperial Rome, which keeps reminding her of that mini-series, and now she sees the guy who played Titus Pullo —  one of the major characters in “Rome” —  in “The Book of Eli”!  Is that synchronicity or what ???)

There is also a very amusing character called the Engineer, and he has a mechanical contraption on his head and has some of the best dialogue of the movie (especially in a scene where he asks Denzel if he has any chapstick and Denzel says “No, but I do have cat oil.  It’s fresh!  Great for the lips!”), and this role is played by Tom Waits.  Yup, the singer Tom Waits.

Also:  Holy-Cow-is-that-Jennifer-Beals-playing-blind-prisoner/Mom-of-Mila-Kunis and is that brilliant casting or what?

Score kicks butt.

Cinematography kicks butt.

Self isn’t sure if this is supposed to be an anthem for God-fearing Christians everywhere, but somehow that got lost in all the scenes where Denzel finishes off all the bad guys with one flick of his machete.

Why couldn’t the music of “Avatar” have been like this?  Talk about music setting the mood!

Three-and-a-half out of four stars.


  1. Ver said,

    January 24, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Dying to see this. Denzel is one of those actors who could very well convince me to drink the Kool-Aid.

    And Rome was HBO, m’dear! I have the boxed set to prove it (what does this say of me?!)!

  2. January 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

    RE: “Rome” Tee-hee! I must’ve been fooled by all those British accents!

    You will love the Denzel in this movie!!! Major, major enjoyment awaits!

  3. January 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

    The Next Big Genre: ‘Cli-Fi’ — Climate Fiction, in Which ‘Mad Max’ Meets ‘The Road’

    Published: January 26, 2012

    .By Dan Bloom

    Science fiction in Hollywood has a long history and dates way back.

    The great Polish writer Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) wrote the 1961 sci-fi novel ”Solaris” — later turned into a film in 1972 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky and again in 2002 in a new Hollywood remake by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney. From “Soylent Green” in 1973 to “The Day After Tomorrow” in 2004, movies also began to venture into a new genre of science fiction that might be called “cli-fi” .. or climate fiction.

    Cli-fi is also a new genre for novels and short stories, and one of the new practitioners is American writer Jim Laughter, 60, who has peered into our climate future — and guess what, he’s not laughing.

    In a new novel, the retired grandfather of four envisions so-called ”polar cities” for future survivors of devastating climate change disasters worldwide.

    No less an authority than British scientist James Lovelock has heard about Laughter’s polar cities theme, and in an email to me, Lovelock said: “Thanks for telling me about these polar city themes. It may very well happen, and soon!”

    Does this have any connection to today’s world? Well, in the distant future — some say the near future — North America, northern Asia and Europe will see millions of climate refugees from southern lands trekking northward, and even Hollywood might be under threat from the devastating impacts of ”climate chaos” — from rising sea levels to a scary scarcity of food, fuel and shelter.

    Enter “Polar City Red,” Laughter’s 250-page cli-fi novel that is set in Alaska in the year 2080, but it could just as well be Tokyo or Oslo or Berlin, too. Global warming is borderless, and so are our fears.

    Forget missions to Mars, says Laughter, and start thinking about mass migrations of ”climate refugees” north to Alaska. (By the way, the term “climate refugees” was coined by Robin Bronen, a woman professor in Anchorage.)

    “Global warming is no laughing matter,” says Laughter, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was stationed in Japan and the Philippines, among other places.

    “You know, I met a man just the other day who told me, who insisted, that global warming is just a myth,” Laughter, author of ten sci-fi novels and a resident of Oklahoma, told this reporter. “He saw a program on television that said it’s a scare tactic to direct people’s attention away from truly serious issues such as the economy and the state of international affairs. He’s right about one thing; it’s a scary subject. And if projections are correct about the amount of carbon dioxide polluting our atmosphere, we’d better be scared. We may not be at the point of panic yet, but the day is coming when this is world is going to turn its back on us and invite us to leave forever.”

  4. January 29, 2012 at 3:46 am

    yes, self, the MUSIC was powerful. i watched it 10 times here in Taiwan HBO

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