Movie Review: The Book of Eli
In The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington plays a “traveler” on a cross-country mission to deliver the last Bible on earth to “good people” who want to rebuild society. “Evil people,” one of whom seems to understand the power of the Bible, do their best to separate Denzel from his possession. In an NPR interview, movie directors Albert and Allen Hughes made it clear they’re not believers. But they liked the story, which is set in a post-apocalyptic horror-scape. I saw the movie. It’s not a serious piece of theological work, and far too gory and disturbing to recommend. The movie is dripping with violent images and profane language. But there were several takeaways worth mentioning for Christians:
- Those who try to control the word of God for their own purposes come a terrible end.
- God will preserve the word of God and it will be preserved.
- The man God chooses to preserve his word will succeed, he will complete the mission he has been given.
- Many fail to recognize how precious is the word of God until they no longer have it.
To be honest, I think I’ve seen one too many violent movies.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, Ph.D.