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The Book of Eli

Theatrical poster
Directed by Albert Hughes
Allen Hughes
Produced by Joel Silver
Susan Downey
Andrew Kosove
Broderick Johnson
Denzel Washington
Written by Gary Whitta
Starring Denzel Washington
Gary Oldman
Music by Atticus Ross
Cinematography Don Burgess
Editing by Cindy Mollo
Studio Alcon Entertainment
Silver Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. (USA)
Columbia Pictures (select countries)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release date(s) January 15, 2010 (2010-01-15)
Running time 117 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million[1]
Gross revenue $123,581,323[2]
.The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis.^ Film page in spanish: "The Book of Eli" .
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^ Out next year, the film also stars Gary Oldman , Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis .
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^ The film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman with Tom Waits in a small role as “Engineer.” .
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.Filming began in February 2009 and took place in New Mexico.^ Filming begins in January in New Mexico.
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^ The Book of Eli starts shooting in New Mexico in February, with a release date slated for January 15, 2010.
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^ Filmed in New Mexico, it will be opened in theaters across the U.S. January 15, 2010.
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Alcon Entertainment financed and co-produced the film with Silver Pictures, while it was distributed by Warner Bros. in the US, and Columbia Pictures in some international territories. It was released on January 15, 2010.

Contents

Plot

.Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, Eli (Denzel Washington) travels on foot toward the west coast of the United States.^ Only ET's Kevin Frazier is on the closed New Mexico set of the apocalyptic 'The Book of Eli' with Denzel Washington , who battles his way across the desolate wasteland of a near-future America.
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^ Denzel Washington does press for BOOK OF ELI at SDCC 2009 .
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^ Posted July 25, 2009 5:30:00 AM See All: The Book of Eli denzel washington movies .
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Along the way he demonstrates atypical but effective survival and fighting skills, hunting strange wildlife and swiftly defeating a group of highway bandits who try to ambush him. .Searching for a source of water he arrives in a ramshackle town which was built by and is overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman).^ Mila's character is the daughter of Jennifer Beals, with Gary Oldman as her stepfather, and she goes on a journey with Eli in a wasteland where there's barely any food or water.
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Carnegie dreams of building more towns and hinges these hopes on finding a certain book. His henchmen scour the desolate landscape daily in search of it.
In the local bar, Eli is set upon by a gang of bikers and kills them all. Realizing that Eli is a literate man like himself, as well as desiring his skills, Carnegie asks Eli to stay, though it is made clear that the offer is non-negotiable. .After Carnegie's blind concubine Claudia (Jennifer Beals) gives Eli some food and water, Carnegie asks Claudia's daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) to seduce Eli.^ Oldman plays the stepfather of Mila Kunis, whose character develops some sort of idol worship towards Denzel’s character.
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^ Jennifer Beals Is Back On The Big Screen In The Book Of Eli .
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^ The movie also stars Gary Oldman , Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis and is directed by Albert and Allen Hughes ('From Hell,' 'Dead Presidents').
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Eli turns her down, but invites her to eat with him. Before they eat though, he has her pray with him. The following day Solara prays with her mother. .Carnegie overhears them though and forces Solara to tell him that Eli was reading a book.^ Denzel Washington plays Eli, a survivor traveling burned-out freeways and ghost towns to protect a book he carries with him.
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^ Mila Kunis Reads The Book Of Eli .
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When he asks what kind, she says she does not know, but forms a cross with her two fingers. .Carnegie realizes that Eli has a copy of the Bible, the book he has been looking for, as all copies were destroyed after the apocalypse.^ The trailer doesn't specifically lay out what exactly the "Book of Eli" is, but I'm assuming it's the Bible, a Twilight , or a Dan Brown (our greatest...
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^ The Book of Eli and Fallout are really just the most recent installments of a very long chain of concept borrowing and re-imagining.
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^ July 26, 2009 at 2:07 AM Don't get me started on any book of Eli...will there be copious amounts of grilled cat?
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Eli sneaks out of his room and goes to the store across the street where he asked the Engineer (Tom Waits) to recharge his portable battery. Carnegie attempts to stop Eli, having all his henchmen fire at him, but Eli avoids the gunfire and shoots most of Carnegie's henchmen, even shooting Carnegie's leg with a shotgun blast. .After Eli leaves, Solara follows and tracks him down, hoping she can accompany him on his travels and escape the town.^ Denzel Washington plays Eli, a survivor traveling burned-out freeways and ghost towns to protect a book he carries with him.
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.Eli agrees on the condition that she take him to the town's water supply.^ Denzel Washington plays Eli, a survivor traveling burned-out freeways and ghost towns to protect a book he carries with him.
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After fulfilling her end of the bargain, Eli traps her there and continues on alone. Solara escapes and soon finds herself set upon by two men. As Solara grapples with the men, Eli suddenly appears and dispatches them with arrows. Eli and Solara continue on until they arrive at a strange house. They stop to investigate and quickly fall into a trap door. The residents Martha (Frances de la Tour) and George (Michael Gambon) appear and invite them in for tea. Eli surmises that they trap, kill, and then eat invaders, evidenced by their shaking hands from too much human meat. Before Eli and Solara can leave though, they are found by Carnegie.
Eli, Solara, Martha, and George hole up inside the house, and George reveals a hidden stockpile of powerful weaponry. A shoot-out ensues, leading to the death of some of Carnegie's men as well as George and Martha. Eli and Solara are captured. Carnegie threatens to kill Solara, which prompts Eli to hand over the Bible. Carnegie shoots him in the stomach and leaves. While in transit, Solara escapes and drives back to help Eli. Carnegie returns to the town as he has the Bible and is low on fuel. Solara picks Eli up and they continue west until they reach the Golden Gate Bridge, then they row to Alcatraz where they find a group of survivors dedicated to preserving pre-war knowledge. Eli tells the guard that he has a copy of the King James version of the Bible, and they are allowed in. Inside they are introduced to Lombardi (Malcolm McDowell), who is the curator of a collection of things from before the apocalypse. Eli, now revealed to be blind, dictates the Bible from memory to Lombardi, before dying from his wounds. Carnegie has the Engineer open the Bible but is distraught to find that it is in Braille, and Claudia refuses to read it to him. His leg has started to go septic, and he will die without ever having read the Bible. Alcatraz begins printing copies of the Bible. Solara is offered sanctuary, but instead chooses to take up Eli's weapons and go back east.

Production

In May 2007, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. signed the .Hughes Brothers to direct The Book of Eli, based on a script by Gary Whitta.^ Hughes brothers directing, on the other hand...
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^ Currently, Tom Waits is in the midst of filming The Book of Eli, directed by Albert and Allen Hughes.
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^ The film is directed by The Hughes Brothers, Allen and Albert ('From Hell,' 'Dead Presidents'), and Allen says, "It's great working with Denzel, Gary, [Mila] and Jennifer, because it's basically like you get all the toys.
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.The film is the brothers' first since From Hell in 2001.[3] The script was subsequently rewritten by Anthony Peckham, and in September 2008, actor Denzel Washington was cast in the lead role.^ The film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman with Tom Waits in a small role as “Engineer.” .
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^ One post-apocalyptic project that has managed to fly somewhat under the radar is The Book of Eli, the first movie helmed by sibling directors Albert and Allen Hughes since 2001's From Hell.
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^ Gary Whitta wrote the script, and Anthony Peckham did the rewrite.
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[4] .The following October, Gary Oldman was cast to star alongside Washington.^ The film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman with Tom Waits in a small role as “Engineer.” .
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^ Out next year, the film also stars Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis.
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^ Cast Denzel Washington , Mila Kunis , Gary Oldman    More...
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[5] .Principal photography began in February 2009 and took place in New Mexico.^ The Book of Eli starts shooting in New Mexico in February, with a release date slated for January 15, 2010.
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[6] Alcon Entertainment financed the film and co-produced with Silver Pictures.[7]

Reception

Box office

.The film was released in North America on January 15, 2010 in 3,111 theaters.^ Scheduled for release January 15, 2010.
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^ The Book of Eli starts shooting in New Mexico in February, with a release date slated for January 15, 2010.
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It took in $11,672,970—$3,752 per theater, its opening day.[8] By the end of its opening four-day holiday weekend it grossed $38,437,553—$12,355 per theater. It ranked No. 2, only behind Avatar.[9] On its second weekend, it placed No. 3 with Legion taking its No. 2 place and grossed $15,732,493—$5,057 per theater.[10] By its third weekend it dropped down to No. 5 and made $8,908,286— $2,897 per theater.[11] The film has come to gross $93,832,896 in the United States and Canada, and $29,772,235 in other markets, with an estimated worldwide total of $123,605,131.[2]

Critical reviews

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. .Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 46% of 156 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.3 out of 10.[12] Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 50%, based on a sample of 30 reviews.^ Video Browse All Just Released Top Rated Most Popular Music Videos Browse All Artists Most Viewed Top Rated .
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^ OK7 - 10% Discount on any order OK8 - 20% off $50 or more OK9 - 30% off Domain Registration (.com) **Specia...
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^ Games Trailers Newest Games Most Played Top Rated Daily Top 10 .
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.The site's general consensus is that "It's certainly uneven, and many viewers will find that its reach exceeds its grasp, but The Book of Eli finds the Hughes brothers injecting some fresh stylish fun into the kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filmgoers have seen more than enough of lately."^ Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
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^ One post-apocalyptic project that has managed to fly somewhat under the radar is The Book of Eli, the first movie helmed by sibling directors Albert and Allen Hughes since 2001's From Hell.
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^ Comic-Con 2009: (Part 2 of 2) Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and more discuss The Book of Eli .
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[13] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 53 based on 33 reviews.[14]
Todd McCarthy of Variety predicted "this will not be one of ... Denzel Washington's bigger grossers."[15] Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert said of the film: "You won't be sorry you went. It grips your attention, and then at the end throws in several WTF! moments, which are a bonus."[16] .Reviewing the film for The A.V. Club, Scott Tobias graded the film a B, and wrote "At a time when theaters are experiencing a glut of doomsday scenarios, the Hughes’ ashen, bombed-out future world looks a little too familiar, no matter how crisply they present it.^ Congrats and thanks for sharing the news, Danzel is by far one of my favorite ones, no matter what He does He delivers, great to know that RED is used in this film.
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^ There are still some guys out there poo pooing RED. They're just making themselves look stupid at this point.
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But the showdown between Washington and a deliciously hammy Oldman complicates the film’s overt religiosity...".[17] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D, calling it "a ponderous dystopian bummer that might be described as The Road Warrior without car chases, or The Road without humanity."[18]

References

  1. ^ "Movie projector: 'Book of Eli' first major challenger to 'Avatar'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 14, 2010. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/01/movie-projector-book-of-eli-first-major-challenger-to-avatar.html. Retrieved January 22, 2010. "Alcon spent $80 million to produce the movie, which stars Denzel Washington." 
  2. ^ a b "The Book of Eli (2010) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=bookofeli.htm. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (May 21, 2007). "Hughes brothers set for 'Book of Eli'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117965533.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael; Dave McNary (September 4, 2008). "Denzel Washington picks up 'Book'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991628.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (October 29, 2008). "Gary Oldman joins 'Book of Eli'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117994890.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  6. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (February 2009). "Jack Black Rocks 'Yo Gabba Gabba' and More First Looks". Entertainment Weekly (Time Warner). http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20251067_2,00.html. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gary Oldman joins Denzel on ‘Eli’". Reel Suave. October 30, 2008. http://reelsuave.com/2008/10/30/gary-oldman-joins-denzel-on-%e2%80%98eli%e2%80%99/. 
  8. ^ "Daily Box Office for Friday, January 15, 2010". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. January 15, 2010. http://boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?sortdate=2010-01-15&p=.htm. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 15-18, 2010 (4-day weekend)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. January 18, 2010. http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2010&wknd=03a&p=.htm. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 22-24, 2010". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. January 24, 2010. http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2010&wknd=04&p=.htm. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 29-31, 2010". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. January 31, 2010. http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2010&wknd=05&p=.htm. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Book of Eli (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010488-book_of_eli/. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ "The Book of Eli (Top Critics)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010488-book_of_eli/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Book of Eli: Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/bookofeli. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Todd (January 10, 2010). "The Book of Eli Review". 'Variety. Reed Business Information. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941866.html?categoryid=31&cs=1. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  16. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 14, 2010). "The Book of Eli review". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100113/REVIEWS/100119990. 
  17. ^ Tobia, Scott (January 14, 2010). "The Book of Eli". A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-book-of-eli,37086/. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ Owen Gleiberman (January 15, 2010). "The Book of Eli - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20336502,00.html. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 

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