Favorite New Films: The Book of Eli

posted by The Joe

Going into the Book of Eli, I had no idea it’d turn out to be better than The Road. I just figured it would be a stereotypical goofy throwaway January release. But that’s what I love about this time of year – along with forgetfully bad works, there are great films that studios just had no idea what to do with.

While The Road relied too much on the novel’s words which failed to translate well, leaving it a normal everyday post-apocalyptic outing, Eli breaks out on its own by taking an enormously goofy concept and transforming it into a refreshing new take on what the post-apocalypse entails. It’s high concept without being too preachy – kind of a throwback to the genre’s heyday in the Logan’s Run/Omega Man era of the 70s.

Oh yeah, the restrained use of CG, beautifully long, wide shots, Gary Oldman, and Tom Waits . . . those help too.

Trailer

Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 3:43 am