Film review: Disappointing 'Eli' confused, contrived

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  • thanks
    Feb. 6, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Hey Luke just wanted you to know that i haven't seen the movie yet so is slightly ruined seeing as how im assuming Denszel is the blindman? Help me out here. Have ya killed it for me?

  • luke1813
    Feb. 1, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    It seems everyone fails to see the message of the movie, let alone the behind the scenes details that went to the story. And nobody has made any comment as to the end and the fact he was a blind man. This was a movie that really should cause you to think "what if?".

  • Dense Atoms
    Jan. 26, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Mila Kunis did make one contribution to the film: her large, lovely eyes as a contrast to the blindness of her character's mother. She used them (as was filmed) to good effect in this regard.

    And the ending was a true "Aha!" moment (I didn't have it figured out despite a number of clues I can recall now in retrospect). But I'm of two minds about the film itself -- and that is more than can be said about a good number of the half-witted movies that continue to be released.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Yes, Mila Kunis and her perfect makeup and subpar acting ability are a little out of place in post-apocalyptic America...but so is humor. I don't know what should be funny about a nuclear holocaust, so I'll disagree with Jeff on that one. I do agree that this film never reaches its potential, but Denzel v. Oldman is worth seeing, the visuals are great, and the twist was a genuine surprise a la "Sixth Sense" (except for all you geniuses who will claim to have figured it out in the first 15 minutes). It's better than Cheese-Atar, anyway.

  • Tery
    Jan. 22, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Only one thing keeping me from ever seeing this movie, Mila Kunis. Man she's annoying.

  • rdha
    Jan. 19, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Looks kind of interesting but there are elements to The Book Of Eli that are holding me back from seeing it; such as Mr. Vice's review and other things. One of the things like does look appealing is Denzel Washington squaring off against Psycho Gary Oldman. Even if it's not enough.

  • jay
    Jan. 17, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    it explains that in the movie

  • wow
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    this is one i actually mostly agree with. good call jeff. it was fun to see denzel washington murder a bunch of bad guys, but beyond that this movie really didnt know what it wanted to be. it all didnt really come together at the end. To put it simply, i like the idea, more than i like the finished product. they didnt execute well enough. and Mila Kunis was miscast. I cant take her seriously. all i hear is meg from family guy. (to whom she lends her voice). She felt awkward along side denzel. Not a good enough actress. And i also agree with jeff with there needed to be slightly more humor. So if i was to give anyone advice, go see the first show of the day and only pay 4 dollars like i did this afternoon, or wait for the blu-ray or dvd. It would barely be watchable without washington.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Just got back from the movie and I'm so glad I hadn't read this review first. We absolutely loved the movie. I would give it 3 or 3 1/2 stars. I feel this is the 2nd big miss by Jeff on movie reviews this holiday. The first was Avatar. Jeff must just be too jaded to enjoy a great movie anymore. I mean, when is the last time you saw a movie where half the audience applauded at the end? (Avatar, not Eli). I rarely see a movie twice but this is one that I want to.

  • dont care
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    don't care. I will go and see it. Want to see stuff get blown up.

  • Sleuth
    Jan. 14, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    Hey Jay: "A hard time believing," seems to have been and remains a difficult problem for a lot of people. Good thing Eli' is only fanatsy.

  • Jay
    Jan. 14, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    So it is just a bible, how annoying. I was hoping for a digital archive of all the books of humanity or something. He should just bury it in a safe place and guard it. Oh well, better luck next time. Don't get me wrong, the bible is very important, but I have a hard time believing that all the other copies in the world would be gone.