DVD: The Book of Eli, For retail & rental (Entertainment In Video)

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The Independent Culture

Tramping through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Denzel Washington has the world's only surviving Bible in his backpack.

Gary Oldman's frontier-town despot wants it. He sees the Bible as "a weapon aimed at the hearts and minds of the weak and desperate", but the film doesn't follow this promising line of satirical inquiry, preferring to fetishise the more literal weapons which Washington wields with ninja-like skill. If it weren't so slow and portentous, it might have been trashy fun.