Do we need another post-apocalyptic tale on the big screen? Maybe not, but something draws me to them. And this Hughes Brothers version is kinda fun. Denzel Washington is the man (Eli) on a mission West. Carrying the last Bible on Earth, he meets up with someone who wants it for evil purposes. Fella by the name of Carnegie (Gary Oldham). Nice name. Carnegie that is. Oldham has for some time made a nice living playing evil and twisted people on the big screen.
Jennifer Beals plays a blind woman (Claudia). Along with her daughter (Solara, played by Mila Kunis), they both figure in the ironic twists in the end. Kunis, eminently watchable, is currently appearing, along with Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder in Black Swan.
Sure it’s overly pretentious, but somehow that’s the point of this genre. Pretentiousness, self importance… This all serves as cover for we we’re really after (fans of the genre) – good guys vs bad guys in violent action. Whooo-ha! And there are some fine action sequences of the ‘how did he do that variety’.
When Eli’s quest West ends, then Solara’s quest East begins. Don’t let the symmetry get by you (heh-heh).
I found it quite an entertaining film.