If you haven't heard already, I have to let you know that The Book of Eli is a landmark movie for inspirational writers.
Personally, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was well-written and well-filmed (stylish, as one critic said). Denzel Washington and the rest of the cast did an excellent job.
So what's landmark about it?
The movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which one man will do anything to preserve a special copy of the King James Bible.
This particular Bible is central to the story, and it is portrayed in a positive light. The man who has such faith in it is a hero, not a villain.
Pretty unusual for Hollywood.
Fair warning: if you only want to see sweetness and light onscreen, and you really object to any foul language at all, this movie may not be for you. But if you would enjoy a powerful film about the power of faith in a broken world, and you can take some violence and profanity, GO SEE IT.
I told my husband that this movie perfectly frames the debate within the CBA about whether or not we can include potentially-offensive material in our novels.
The Book of Eli will atrract a young male audience because it shows a man fighting his way through the harsh reality of a violent world. I've already seen these young men tweeting their approval of the movie.
The Hughes brothers and Denzel Washington are going to reach a bunch of people who wouldn't be caught dead in the inspirational section of the bookstore. Their film shows what it means to have faith and hope when all seems lost. And we should all be very, very happy about that.