The Book of Eli

Just returned from a preview of Book of Eli. (Thank you, Grace Hill Media.)  The story: A superfast, supersensitive Denzel Washington wanders through post-apocalyptic USA, trying to shepherd the last remaining Bible to a place where it will make a difference. (Note to the writer: the developing (i.e. likely to be overlooked in case of a nuclear war) parts of the world actually have Bibles, too.)

Flash Review —  Some fantastic action sequences — remind me never to get in another bar fight with D.W. (“Another”: long story.)  A captivating world.  And it’s Denzel — so of course he’s come to save the world (and the movie).

But just enough religion to make people say it’s “religious”, and not enough to actually mean anything (i.e. to make you think about the way you live your life). And the red pill: “redemptive violence”.  Not since the book of Joshua have so many people been killed to get God’s work done.  In Denzel’s hands it goes down smooth, (as does quite a plot point…), but when the flick’s over, you might wonder whether that was actually Kool-Aid you just drank.

Ranking: 2 Mad Maxes out of four.

Jim McDermott, S.J.

popculturepriest.tumblr.com

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The latest from america

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pa., speaks during a meeting in late January at the headquarters of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
“I think we need complete transparency if we’re going to get the trust of the people back,” said Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico.
Mélanie Thierry as Marguerite Duras in “Memoir of War.” © Music Box Films
The film tells the story of a woman who worked for the German-controlled Vichy government but secretly joined the Resistance movement.
A. W. Richard Sipe (photo: Facebook)
Sipe's research into celibacy and priestly sexual behavior helped guide the work of church leaders and others responding to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Catholic News ServiceAugust 17, 2018
Did Pope Francis depart from Scripture and tradition in declaring the death penalty "inadmissible"? Or was his declaration rooted deeply in both?
Tobias WinrightAugust 17, 2018