The Book of Eli

Theatrical Release: January 15, 2010
The Book of Eli


In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell and Dead Presidents). Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson co-star in the Warner Bros. production.

Dove Review

This film is a bit of an oxymoron. On the one hand, you have a character named Eli (Denzel Washington) who protects the Bible in an apocalyptic, post-war world. He quotes scripture and is divinely protected as he heads west because the voice of God told him to. Eventually he plans to deliver the word of God to a printer, as this would be the first printing press set up following a war which nearly destroyed the earth and everything on it. In fact, the way he delivers it is a bit of a surprise. On the other hand, there is biblical profanity in the film along with other strong language and so much bloody violence that the violence rating hits a level five in our content rating, the highest violence level we have!

If the violence and language had been toned down, this would be a film we could heartily recommend to families. Eli speaks of the Bible as “the one true book” and his sacred devotion to it is compelling. However, with a lot of bloodshed along the way, this is one journey we recommend our Dove families avoid.

Content Description

Sex: The attempted rape of a woman which is stopped by another character; a woman is forced to go to a man's room to offer him sex which he refuses.
Language: GD-1; F-12; S-7; D-1; H-1; SOB-2; B-1; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: A lot of bloody violence including decapitation; stabbings; shootings; blood seen flying; fights; explosions; corpses seen with bullet holes in heads and bodies; a cat is struck with an arrow and dies; a corpse is seen hanging by the neck with a rope; a man's hand is cut off with blood seen; scars are seen on a shirtless man; a man's face slapped; guard shot in head; woman grabbed by hair; a man is stabbed in crotch; characters hit by arrows; the use of machine guns.
Drugs: Drinking in bar; drinking scenes
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man;
Other: Skeletons seen in car; talk of cannibalism; Bibles were burned after a war; the Holy Bible seen as precious and sacred; the quoting of scripture; a lot of death in an apocalyptic world.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Gary Whitta
Director: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes
Genre: Action
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter