Hubby and I went on a date on Sunday. We were going between seeing Avatar or The Book of Eli and we went with Eli. I'm SO glad we did!
It was an incredible movie...truly inspiring and moving. And violent. :) It's definitely not going to be for everyone. But for folks like hubby and I who are Christians but also watch some pretty violent shows and movies it was the perfect mix. Medved gave it a so-so review, based mostly on the violence...and it WAS violent. It showed some things quite graphically and there were several mentions of cannibalism. But it really all worked with the tone of the situation they were in.
Oh...just a warning...PETA must HATE this movie because the opening scene involves the killing of a cat. It was a little disturbing, but it really does set the tone for the horror that humanity has fallen into. And if you can just move on past that (it was tough for me) and remember the type of situation the world has fallen into you'll be fine.
Having a Christian - and a bad-ass Christian - as the hero and main character is incredibly refreshing. The premise is that he's guarding the last Bible in the world, after a massive apocalyptic event (after which they apparently blamed Christianity and burned all the bibles), and has to deliver it in order to save humanity, which has sunk into the most base instincts and actions. Some of the comments from the main villain were sort of slams on Christians (being weak minded and needing to be controlled) but really the whole thing revolves around the faith of one man who follows God's word. Denzel was amazing.
I won't give away the ending but it was a huge shocker! HUGE! And seriously...I had tears in my eyes. I would love to see it again and will probably buy it on DVD when it comes out.