The Book of Eli is sunk by its ambition: it's a genre movie with religious pretensions, but it loses its way in the murky waters of religion.
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This is a movie that has few ideas of its own, except for one large and highly suspect central one.
Choosing a singer who still resides as reverend at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, TN works a dual purpose in that "The Book of Eli" is about The Book, as in the Good Book.
Eli is very much a Hollywood movie with lots of dust-up action, big weapons and product placements that somehow survive a wiped out world where characters don't know what a television is.
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