Occasionally ham-handed, though certainly not as ignorant and maudlin as it could have been. Narrative faults notwithstanding, "Eli" is a film of well-realized characters, brilliant editing and cruel landscapes -- one of the most unusual mainstream films there's been in some time. The Hughes Brothers have an incredibly troubled oeuvre, but here their passion and enthusiasm finally bears fruit. A compelling vision.
This film was terrible. But Tom Waits fits in the Fall Out style universe so well! 2/5 at best. The Hughes brothers have a long way to go before they create an action sequence with real tension infused in it. I don't think the silly twist came close to redeeming the lazy story structure and undeveloped characters. The history was kind of interesting.
Points to Denzel Washington for not playing the same character he's played since Training Day but its too little too late. The contrived CG, greenscreened landscapes and diluted post-apocalypse story with no interesting details and even less interesting characters make this one big loss/waste of time. Great score though...
Imagine Mad Max, if Mad Max had a pretentious middlebrow script and no compelling characters, and if Mad Max was about how God will take care of you, even in a post-apocalyptic hell hole where, somehow, nobody knows how to treat a minor bullet wound. And also if the whole thing was shot like an Xbox 360 game. Dreck.
I'm amazed at how good this could have been, and how shitty it turned out to be. The premise is quite fantastic, as is Gary Oldman (and fucking Tom Waits), but it's just bad decision after bad decision in the script. Well, now I wanna play Fallout 3 again...that's the movie that should've been made.
Decent first act, but slowly went downhill from there. Great cinematography and some okay special fx. Denzel and Oldman are great but Mila Kunis was severely miscast. What's up with her immaculate designer clothes???!