Thursday, April 22, 2010
'The Book of Eli'
describes this movie as an "ultra-right-wing The Road." I'll let the viewers at home make up their own mind, it certainly felt like a moralistic Mad Max. David is also right in that for post-apocalyptic film, the Road sets a new benchmark of despairing beauty and realism which cinematically The book of Eli fails to meet. (Did anyone else feel Denzel Washington was reprising his role in Man on Fire? ) My brother and I enjoyed it because we are aficionados of anything post-apocalyptic, fans of classics like the Postman, 12 Monkeys Mad Max and Reign of Fire. Interestingly Eli is a sort of violent Augustine, preserving the faith amid the ruins of the Roman American Empire. The movie reflects a sort of broad American evangelicalism, revering the Bible and inclined to moralism. However I kept wondering what if the movie had been funded by the Sydney Anglicans. Roving preachers along the ruined Hume Highway!