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The Book of Eli (2010)

(R) 118 mins

Plot Summary: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book…

Directors: Albert HughesAllen Hughes

Writer: Gary Whitta

Stars Denzel WashingtonMila Kunis and Ray Stevenson

Serious Jest:  (Must See)  The combat scenes alone make this movie worth watching, and the fact that Denzel did all of his own hand-to-hand fight stunts, training under Bruce Lee’s protege, Dan Inosanto,  makes them even more impressive.  The less you know about this movie in advance, the better your experience may be.  However, I will venture to say that it might be useful for you to keep in mind that cannibals’ hands shake because they suffer from Kuru disease. a form of Kreutzfeld Jakob Disease caused by eating human flesh–this is never explained in the movie.  This is one of those movies that I actually liked better the second time around, especially after reading about some of the symbolism online…I had seen it for the first time in the theater, at a past-midnight screening, with insanely high expectations, and with a group of people that included an actual film editor who criticized vague things I didn’t really care about.  Also, I am a fan of post-apocalyptic movies.

CraigMakk: (Must See) I can say that I agree with pretty much everything Jest said. This movie is a pretty good action movie that becomes AMAZING once you watch the last ten minutes. Also, anyone who says, ” I saw that coming like ten minutes ago,” is a lying sack of crap. No way do you figure this one out until it’s over, at which point you will immediately want to watch it again and see how it all fits together. Denzel proves again that he can pretty much play any role, and in this man’s opinion, his combat skills are getting better with time. Oh, and Mila Kunis is hot, even if this is one of her worst roles ever. Trust me, you don’t know what I’m talking about now, but the scene where she dramatically puts on her sunglasses is absolutely horrendous. But that’s just me nit-picking at an above-average action flick…and to be fair,  post-apocalyptic movies get an extra beer from me just for having a cohesive plot. That makes this one a sure-fire winner for fans of: a) Denzel, b) Mila Kunis, c) plot twists, d) post-apocalyptic settings, or e) all of the above. Oh, and it also stars Harry Potter’s Uncle, which is pretty awesome. Cheers!

About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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