In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, one man walks across Americaâ€™s wasteland. Empty cities, broken highways, and a scorched earth are all remnants of catastrophic disaster. There is no civilization, no law. The roads belong to ruthless survivors that will murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water... or for nothing at all. With no law to stop them, these people can do whatever they want but they're no match for Eli (Denzel Washington).Â Â
A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli seeks only peace but, if challenged, he will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive and continue.
Only Carnegie (Gary Oldman) a self-appointed leader of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen understands the power Eli holds. Heâ€™s determined to make the book his own and will sacrifice anything to get it. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) is fascinated by Eli for other reasons because he offers the possibility of what may exist beyond her stepfather's domain.
While Eli may be tired of his 30 year journey on foot, nothing and no will stand in his way as he tries to fulfill his destiny to help humanity.
So many people are going to flock to this movie for all the wrong reasons. The Denzel Washington factor makes for an instant box office hit, but let me be the first to tell you that you shouldnâ€™t see it for that reason. The preview is a bit misleading because it showcases just about all of the movies fighting scenes but it still leaves you wondering about Eliâ€™s book. I shouldâ€™ve known something was fishy because the preview was so unclear, but I decided to press on anyway and see it. Why the hell did I decide to do that? â€œThe Book of Eliâ€ is nothing to brag about and quite frankly Iâ€™m a little upset that I watched the entire thing! Denzel plays a bit of an action hero in the name of the Lord, and then dies at the end. While his mission to preserve the words of the good book makes total senseâ€¦ this movie was a bit of a bore. Denzel also goes shirtless in one of the scenes but that was a total yawn because his characters back and chest are filled with scared tissue from a really bad burn thatâ€™s healed. I was a little disgusted while watching him take a bird bath with a KFC wet nap as he rubbed his private parts. In my head Iâ€™m still trying to delete this vision but it just ainâ€™t working. If you feel that you must see â€œThe Book of Eliâ€, I strongly suggest that you wait to watch it at home. Itâ€™s not worth the ticket price at any time of day. You can rent it if you want to, but I think this movie totally sucked and I never intend on watching it ever again in life! ~Dana Da Designated HataÂ® aka Nobodyâ€™s Fanâ„¢.