Normally, I have an unequivocal love toward stories about *post*-apocalypse world even if it’s sometimes implausible and bordering to ridiculous, I’d love it none the less. I simply love the desert, or the grey charred world that mostly, if not always, occupies the frame in a film about one. In that respect, “The Book of Eli” first and second act is satisfiable. However, when the film arrives to the third act, the resolution, it simply fell apart with more implausibilities than I could stomach, coincidences, and all the wrong reasons that simply too annoying to be ignored.
Here’s unnamed (yet) Walker (Denzel Washington) in a middle of a post-apocalypse world where sun shines too bright, and nothing but a charred remains of a civilization. This Walker was on a journey to the West and in his backpack is a Book. He opens it and reads it every night and he allows no one to even touch it. On his about thirty years of journey, he arrives in a town (this is where I was immediately disappointed for there are too many people to my liking) ruled by a certain douche, Carnegie (Gary Oldman) and he wants the Book. Bad. The rest is pretty much easy to figured out. The Walker is on the run with Carnegie hot in his tail. Oh, might as well thrown in a female figure, Solara (Mila Kunis) while he’s at it.
If anything was worth to mention from this film is probably the way the Hughes Brothers took their action sequences. It’s clear, energetic and more importantly, doesn’t rely on quick-cuts and shaky cameras as it was common in most action films nowadays. Action fans will surely going to appreciated it and they’re most definitely going to disagree with me when I came to a final conclusion on this film which is, “kinda boring.”
The film starts strong. Excitable even as it follows the Walker on his first night within our presence. The color, the western-like (of course, western being my favorite genre) environment, and the mood of a solitary figure on a mission against an unforgiving world. It’s really good and then shortly after, we’re introduced to the Walker’s proficiency with hand-to-hand combat on the film’s first action scene. Again, as I mentioned above, if anything was worth to mention from this film is the way the director took their action scenes. But then, as the film progresses, and thrown in more characters (especially Mila Kunis’ character whom of course, too clean and too sexy for such a world to be believed), the mood was changed. It’s eventually boil down to a simple action film with an insignificant hint on the post-apocalypse world.
It’s a shame really. With strong actors (Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman), this film should fared better. But, halfway through the film, the mood changes and for me, it’s not engaging enough that whenever the film switched from its strong point, which is the action scene, I get bored pretty fast.
My rating: ** / ****
PS: Of course, I know the name of the Walker.