Denzel Washington, internationally renowned actor and director, delivered the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s 255th Commencement on Monday, May 16. Washington is one of the nation’s preeminent performing artists, having achieved wide acclaim for his film, theatrical and television performances, as well as his accomplishments in film directing and television production. Washington has received the most distinguished accolades of his art, including two Academy Awards and a Tony Award. At Commencement, Washington received an honorary doctor of arts degree.
Director: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes Writer: Gary Whitta Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones Synopsis:Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey, walking across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a barren wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. Eli is a peaceful man, intent on completing his intended task, delivering his precious cargo into the right hands. Eli guards the book with his life, and others will stop at nothing to obtain it.
Pros: Denzel Washington dispatching scores of villains. Denzel Washington at the top of is acting game still. Two cool fight scenes and one cool shootout. Story has a good message, and interesting main character. Every shot of him in this character is hopeful for the audience that something worthy will happen.
Cons: Everything else. This is the story that doesn’t move. There are a few nice moments, all of which appear in the trailers. The pacing of the story is long and slow. Doesn’t know if it wants to be an action film or a philosophical message. As a result it doesn’t do either well.
Overall: The Book of Eli was on my list of films to look forward to. I wanted to like it. Denzel is the man, and Denzel with a SWORD had the potential to be AWESOME. Unfortunately this movie played out like watching a pretty cool painting mounted on the wall. It looked nice but didn’t go anywhere. All of the potential of this adventure was front loaded and simply went downhill, or dragged on from there. Even if you’re a huge Denzel fan, I’d say wait for the DVD. He’ll still make money on that.
Initial Twitter Review: “The Book of Eli” was very Biblical, VERY Masonic, likely very personal to Denzel, but unfortunately very un-entertaining.