The Book of Eli Blu-ray Review – 2010 Post-Apocalyptic Masterpiece

Are you ready for a Denzel Washington Post-Apocalyptic, action movie? You may have already guessed which film I’m referring to. For those of you that didn’t guess correctly is of course The Book of Eli (2010). Is it any good I hear you say? Let’s take a look, so without further ado here’s my The Book of Eli Blu-ray Review.

  • The Book of Eli (2010)
  • Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Action
  • Directed by The Hughes Brothers
  • Running Time: 117 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Entertainment in Video
  • Blu-ray Released: 31 May 2010

Eli (Denzel Washington) is a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world following the bomb. However he has a found purpose to his life and has set out on a mission. He believes God has told him to keep safe and deliver a certain Holy book to the West Coast of the United States. However along the way he meets many desperate and evil people. Furthermore most seem to want to harm him and even steal his precious book.

The Book of Eli Blu-ray Review
Style / Direction

The films directed by The Hughes Brothers whilst the cinematography is handled by Don Burgess. This is definitely how you make a Post-Apocalyptic film. The look and feel is pretty spectacular. The use of long baron wasteland shots is executed exceptionally well. The rundown dusty wasteland is a far less colourful one than say Mad Max, which is also excellent (The original). The small towns are very much those you would find in a western setting. It all blends perfectly with the narrative.

Music / Audio Effects

The music score comes from Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne.

Acting / Characters

The casting is what really impresses and is probably the reason the story really resonates. In essence you a have a good guy Eli (Denzel Washington) and a bad guy Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie wants the book that Eli has in his possession and will stop at nothing to obtain it. The book after all has the power to control the masses.

Both actors are on top form as they go head to head. However the supporting cast also delivers some well formed and interesting characters.

Jennifer Beals play Claudia a blind woman that lives with Carnegie along with her daughter. It appears to be an arrangement she has little choice in. Meanwhile her daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) is a bright but naive young woman that decides to follow the path of Eli. However Carnegie’s top lieutenant’s Redridge (Ray Stevenson) has designs on her.

The acting is exceptionally good whilst the characters are incredibly interesting.

  • Denzel Washington as Eli
  • Gary Oldman as Carnegie
  • Mila Kunis as Solara
  • Ray Stevenson as Redridge
  • Jennifer Beals as Claudia
  • Evan Jones as Martz
  • Joe Pingue as Hoyt
  • Frances de la Tour as Martha
  • Michael Gambon as George
  • Tom Waits as Engineer
  • Chris Browning as Hijack Leader
  • Malcolm McDowell as Lombardi
Conclusion: The Book of Eli (2010) Film Review

The Book of Eli is a very stylishly made action packed Post-Apocalyptic movie. Its casting is simply superb whilst the story is very much a religious one of blind faith. There’s plenty of action and the film moves along at a good pace always holding you attention.

Make sure you add this one to you must see list. Washington is simply awesome.

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Conclusion: The Book of Eli Blu-ray Review

The film is from 2010 and therefore has no picture quality issues. On the extras front there’s enough interesting material to warrant watching at least once.

  • Picture-In-Picture: Behind The Scenes Footage & Interviews
  • A lost Tale: Billy Carnegie’s Backstory
  • Behind the Story: Starting Over
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • The Book of Eli Soundtrack

On to my movie rating for The Book of Eli (2010)

Recommended Films
  • Movie Rating: MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: VERY GOOD

The Book of Eli (2010) is available now on Blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not representative of the Blu-ray version

That concludes my The Book of Eli Blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review at least one Denzel Washington film a week. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: The Book of Eli (2010) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): The Hughes Brothers

Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Frances de la Tour, Frances de la Tour

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Action

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  • Extras


A very stylishly made action packed Post-Apocalyptic movie.

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