Book Of Eli Film Review

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The Book of Eli Film Review

In the film The Book of Eli, we are introduced to a character that is never exactly named who is walking west on a journey that God has led him to take. Throughout his journey, there are many scenes that relate to the Print Era and there are also very many scenes that are extremely significant in the film. In my paper, I will be discussing these scenes and I will also be discussing my interpretation on the film’s meaning, and my final reaction to the film.
In the film, we are introduced to a post-apocalyptic society where things we find to be extremely common, and maybe even useless, are very rare and prized possessions. Books are one of these rare items ...view middle of the document...

The fact that he does this shows how big of an influence words can really have on people. Just because the bile says a certain thing, the people will have faith and believe in it. Carnegie wants to twist the bible’s words and use them to get what he wants, which shows just how powerful the way something is said and the way the meaning is twisted can cause people to do things that they normally wouldn’t do. A final point that I found significant was the fact that when Carnegie finally got his hands on the bible, it was in brail and since he could not read it, it became useless. Carnegie’s wife was blind and could read it and realized that she did not have to tell him what the bible said, therefore Carnegie had no power whatsoever. This really stood out to me because it shows that you may have all of the information in the world right in front of your face, but if you cannot interpret it or comprehend it, it truly is useless.
My interpretation of the film’s meaning is that the access of books and knowledge is really what has created our society today and without them, we would be absolutely no where. In the film, Carnegie is searching for the bible because he knows it has the power to control the people. Carnegie realizes that if he is the only one with the knowledge of the bible, everyone will listen to him. As I stated earlier, when Carnegie finally gets his hands on the bible, it is of no use to him because it is written in brail and he cannot interpret him. The town then rebels against him after realizing that there is no reason to have Carnegie over powering them because he is just like them. Obtaining knowledge plays such a crucial role in this film because it shows that you can be in complete control if you are the only one with the knowledge of something. When “Eli” (Denzel Washington) visits Alcatraz prison, which has been converted into a building that holds books and artifacts, he finds that it is filled with all sorts of information that had been destroyed in the apocalypse. One of the most important things that is missing in the building is the bible. Eli has the bible completely memorized and just like before the Print Era, a scribe is required to write down everything that Eli says. This scene in the film really shows how lucky...

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