Eli (Denzel Washington, Fallen, John Q) has been walking in a post-apocalyptic world for thirty years and is not heading West, carrying a book that Carnegie (Gary Oldman, Sid and Nancy, The Fifth Element), the leader of a rebuilt city, will do anything to get his hands on. This is a really slick film that is filled with action, good dialogue, and some really good performances, especially from Washington and Oldman. What the book is, and the importance of it, is revealed fairly early in the film, but I will not mention it here (don’t want to spoil anything).
There are good messages abound in this film, that, along with a good feeling, also delivers quite a bit of bloodshed and death. Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show) plays Solara, a girl who has never seen the world outside the rebuilt town and wants to follow Eli, and provides a surprisingly good performance in that role. Also look for an appearance from music legend Tom Waits. There are, unfortunately, a couple questions left unanswered in the film and that takes a bit from it, as does an ending that drags on a bit long (but not before a pretty good twist or two). Still, this is a really good movie that I highly recommend.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8