Gun of a preacher man
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.
In which filmdid
Denzel have to foil an underground train hijacking? Entries to Alex Gordon, Eli competition, by Thursday, June 10.