Skip to comments.The Book of Eli - the Bible at the Movies
Posted on 02/09/2010 8:43:52 AM PST by MarianoApologeticus
The premise is that Eli guards The Book of Eli (do not if he wrote it or why his name is also that of the book) that is said to hold the knowledge which could redeem the world. Carnegie and his posse are out to get The Book of Eli and the shenanigans ensue. Carnegies adopted daughter, Solara, ends up becoming Elis guide. The official Warner Brothers film description states that Eli is Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself.
Actually, judging by more recent commercials; it appears that the book is the Bible and The Book of Eli is his story. Although, knowing Hollywood if the book is, indeed, the Bible it will turn out to be hollowed out and contain Al Gores An Inconvenient Truththink about it: a hole in the ozone layer and the Earth is in bad shape! Also, all that it takes to go from Eli to Al is a copyist error! Perhaps Bart Ehrman will write Misquoting Eli
An interesting thought experiment is to juxtapose the premise behind The Book of Eli and the Bible and consider them in more ways that just a redemptive message being guarded by some, though not kept secret, while others failingly attempt to discredit it
let us imagine that somehow they have all been destroyed. What now?...
Now, let us further consider that the over 34,000 manuscripts for the Bible have all been destroyed. What now?...
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
“do not if he wrote”
In the movie, the Bible was ultimately preserved...but wouldn’t want to give any spoilers, to the unique plot twist near the end of the movie.
I can’t wait to see this movie.
Boring. Both my wife and I were waiting for it to end. We almost left, but we kept expecting it to get better.
We did like the premise, but the execution was painful.
It’s just our opinion...take it for what you paid for it!
While this movie is NOT for the whole family, repeat it is NOT for the whole family, it has teh most profound, blatant Christian content I have ever seen in a fiction-based film.
It was a fair movie. Neat plot twist at the end. It was basically an old time western set in the future—only with lots of “R” rated stuff (rape scenes, general butchery, ugly language).
I saw the film a few weekends ago and really liked it. I kept wondering how this film ever got the green light in Hollywood...
I loved it.
If you think using Christianity as a plot gimmick and if you appreciate gang rape, hardcore brutality and a numbing overuse of the "F" word, you'll be able to sit thru "The Book of Eli". There was a way to tell this story. This wasn't it.
exactly! I kept thinking, “how did they get away with saying THAT???!!!”
talk about politically incorrect...nothing like this movie, ever!
I don't think the movie used Christianity as a plot gimmick. This was a remarkable movie about living by faith instead of sight as well as the way that God always preserves his Word regardless of how much man screws up the world. As for the violence and brutality, at times it did feel a little over the top, but there was not much you would not find in the Bible itself. The movie is clearly rated R for violence and language. You can choose not to see it.
Thank you for that evaluation. You sound like you have my kind of sensibilities. Yet another movie I won’t be seeing.
moreover....the premise is that the world has basically been incinerated, and (as Eli says) many people say that whatever happened was caused by the Book. There is a real post-armageddon feel to this. The viewer is not sure just what happened, except that the Bible was at the center of it all - which, by the way, is very good theology.
Now...accept the preceding carnage at face value, and then you have to wonder: would the survivors be illiterate? yes. would they use naughty words? yes, i think they would. would they be violent? you betcha.
if they had NOT had the naughty words and the violence, then they could not have offered the opening premise.
so I think this movie just states the truth of the depravity of man.
But the larger and much more interesting Truth comes out, loud and clear: A sovereign God will preserve his Word, supernaturally.
That is an awesome (and true) message.
The only question I had after the movie is "Why not shoot movies straight from the actual written Word"? Passion of the Christ did pretty good. The Ten Commandments also. DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons type movies just confuse people that have never read the Bible. I'm sure there are several movies in Revelations that would be scarier than The Omen and other rip offs about the end times.
In the Eli movie, you have to wonder where Jesus was in the 1000 year Reign of Christ. Was Eli a Christian that wasn't Raptured? Lots of stuff missing in the movie. Just serves to confuse the lost. If you get your religion from the Discovery Channel, I guess it fits.
I would suggest walking through some of the most Godless gangland’s in the SI and other hell holes in the world. They are full of people acting like animals. I thought it was a little over the top, but not too far.
Like I said, there's a way to tell this story and this wasn't it.
If you look at what the world would look like if there were no Christians, save Eli and his Bible, I don't think the movie would be that far from the mark. If a pagan was starving and thirsty, does anyone really think he wouldn't shoot someone for a drink and eat them?
Christ went among the pagan unwashed and I'm sure He saw and heard some salty stuff. He thought it no different from some of the people he saw and heard in the Temple. If you are going to witness to dope addicts and whores, don't be surprised to hear an "F" bomb or two. If we witness to choir members, maybe we can live in a "clean, holy, sanctified, world.
That's the point, there were no Christians except Eli. Do you think the natural state of man is to exude kindness and morals? Christians are blamed today for the world's ills, they were blamed in Roman days, and I'm sure they will be blamed till Jesus comes. If we attacked Iran today, would the world say we did right or Iran was blameless? It has always been Christians in the way of Satan having his way. It will always be so. The "end" you spoke of was the Bible was the first book printed after they fixed their press, just as the press was invented to print the Bible for the masses.
Your "lens" for observing the movie is set and I think you missed some of the messages sent. I find it remarkable for Hollywood to make such a movie, and you think it was a disaster. It depends on your outlook I suppose. Hollywood will not team up with Billy Graham as a consultant so you takes what you can get. The movie wasn't Biblical, but there are themes that are.
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