So... The Book of Eli... what do I say? Well for starters, nearly the entire movie I was thinking to myself, "you are wasting an hour and a half of your life, and not only wasting, but actually hating an hour and a half of your life." Let me just say, I had no idea what the movie was about, and it took me quite awhile to figure it out. If I had rented the movie, I would have turned it off before it was over. This would have been a mistake. Basically, the earth is desolate. In the first portion of the movie, the only living things are a cat and Eli (played by Denzel Washington). Well, Eli killed the cat. It didn't take long for a mouse to be the cats replacement. There's a whole lotta nothin' for a long time. As far as I could tell, something happened, and everyone died. Well, we know that not EVERYONE died because Eli is rather cautious. In case it's not clear by now, I'll spell it out for you, the beginning of the move is SLOW. Eli walks around like a badass for a little too long. When we do finally see people, it is sporadic, with the men being killed and the women being raped. At some point in time, Eli pulls out a book to read. It is a thick book with a buckle. It looks important. Eli walks and walks until he walks into a town. The guy running this dysfunctional town, Carnegie (Gary Oldman) is looking for a specific book. He discovers Eli has this book. This is where the trouble/story starts. Through some chaos, Eli kind of gets a sidekick named Solara (Mila Kunis). She asks a lot of questions and the story starts to make sense. Apparently, about 31 years ago, there was a flash of light. (I think Eli said something like the sun came down, but I don't remember for sure.) Well, this flash of light made everyone blind and the Earth nearly unsustainable. Eli quotes a lot of scripture. I ASSUMED they were making biblical references while calling it "The Book of Eli", this is not the case. The movie actually turns out to be really good, it just took wayyy too long to get there. I can't say where the title came from without giving the movie away and I can't give my thoughts about that without giving it away so if you care, you'll have to go see it for yourself or talk to someone else that's seen it. The ending has a few twists. The movie ends in a way that suggests that there will be a sequel. There is also room for a prequel. If either come to be, I will go see it.
F.Y.I Granted I go to Ball State where everyone knows a little too much about the entertainment industry, but the product placement in this movie is so obvious, people sitting around me were pointing it out to each other. If after you see this movie, you can't get your mind off of chicken and beer, don't be surprised.