>the book of eli

Posted on February 24, 2011


another movie night coming up this w/e with some friends and students from the uni.
the movie of choice this month is the ‘book of eli’. i have already seen this twice, but it’s a good’un!
denzel is eli, a lone drifter travelling the open highways of a washed-out post-apocalyptic landscape. in his possession is the only remaining bible in the whole world [oddly enough, he also seems to be the only remaining black man!]. garyoldman is carnegie, a crazy [no surprises there] despot controlling/trying to control a small town. carnegie wants the bible so he can use it to… have more control over the people!
into town strolls eli, and that’s when the touch paper gets lit.
personally i’m a bit of  a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, although some aspects do get rather repetitive – lone wanderer – check, washed out landscape – check, cannibalistic animal behaviour – check. however, this is not your usual run of the mill p-a movie. this is a far more powerful movie than you first realise.
the film is essentially a christian metaphor. eli appears to be protected by some greater supernatural force, on a journey guided by “God”. this is a movie about faith and believing in something/someone bigger than yourself. if you haven’t already – go see.
even though it does have it’s weak points, this is an excellent film.
yes ‘the book of eli’ is violent – but so is most of the old testament. hey, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
faith in the one true God in the world that we live in today looks a certain way, this same faith probably looked very different 200 years ago, and who knows how it will look in another 200 years. even in this day and age it differs from country to country. we are relatively un-persecuted here in the west, most of which amounts to people thinking of christians as different or weird or even weak in some way. our actual physical life and the lives of our loved ones are not threatened with *death* because of our faith in Jesus Christ. how much would we be willing to stand firm in our faith if it were *really* put to the test? would we cave in as the disciple peter did and deny him or would we stand strong and face the consequences?
Jesus said to martha: “the one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. and everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. do you believe this?”
so?… do you?…
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