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January 14, 2010

Eli: Action Movie Dud? Or Christian Flick?

Maybe a little of both, surmises Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times


Los Angeles Times blogger Patrick Goldstein surmised, from the looks of the previews, that The Book of Eli was just another post-apocalyptic action flick.

Then he adds, "But wait. It turns out that the movie may end up being a huge hit in the heartland, since to hear the New York Post's Kyle Smith tell it, the film is actually a "Christian blockbuster." Smith, one of the few openly conservative critics at work today, . . . sees Eli as being "like The Road Warrior as rewritten by St. Paul."

Denzel Washington, who stars in the title role (as "Eli," not "The Book," in case you were wondering), is a Christian, so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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I wouldn't call the film Christian. Though I liked it, the ending scene where the book is put away in the shelf is "pluralistic" at best...

I agree with the previous comment. I was pleasantly surprised with the movie overall, but disappointed with the end (except for his dictation). I loved the interaction between Eli and the girl--the longing for and the contagious beauty of the Word. Great juxtaposition between Eli's and the "mayor's" motivation for the book.