Gun of a preacher man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

RATHER like those guys who used to trek the streets with sandwich boards declar­ing “The end of the world is nigh” Hollywood film-mak­ers seem to be tak­ing a pretty gloomy view of our fu­ture.

Or maybe, films that pre­dict catas­tro­phe, like the re­cent dis­as­ter movie 2012 (can­cel those Olympics plans!), and oth­ers that show the af­ter­math of a com­ing holo­caust, like The Road and now this one, just put our cur­rent global prob­lems into a com­fort­ing per­spec­tive.

Here, it’s Den­zel Washington who seems to be trekking through the same dusty, heat­seared, apoc­a­lyp­tic wilder­ness as Viggo Mortensen trod just a few weeks ago in The Road. At least in that film, Viggo had his son for com­pany, while this well-worn trav­eller has only an old bi­ble for so­lace.

How­ever, it seems this is the last holy book in ex­is­tence since the Earth was fried by a cat­a­clysmic flash in the sky and when Eli wan­ders into a sun-blasted desert town ruled by tin­pot dic­ta­tor and gang­ster Carnegie (Gary Old­man), he has to bat­tle to hang on to his bi­ble.

Just as well Eli’s a fighter as well as a preacher, be­cause he was com­manded to take the bi­ble to the coast and re-gen­er­ate civil­i­sa­tion, but Carnegie sees it as a tool to power.

It may be more of an ac­tion film than The Road, but both are wor­thy, if mildly de­press­ing stud­ies of hu­man­ity on the edge of ex­tinc­tion and the power of good over evil.

WIN IT

In which film­did

Den­zel have to foil an un­der­ground train hi­jack­ing? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Eli com­pe­ti­tion, by Thurs­day, June 10.

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