Just saw The Book of Eli in blu ray and all I can say is WOW BLU RAY IS SICK...AMAZING. KNEW THE FIRST MOVIE DIDNT LOOK GOOD CUZ ITS OLD...Now for the movie, I thought it was good lol. Didnt see the twist coming but I thought it was ok, I can see where they're goin w/this movie. (Or I think...) Overall to me actually it was a passing movie but nothing above passing, like it wasn't really good. Its worth watching once for sure, and I'm sayin this even though Denzel's in it. Also Mila did a great job as Solara too. So overall I'll give it
redblackattack i also concur with you on eyes wide shut- very under appreciated, as are perfume and the village. i think with those two especially its a lack of realism that makes alot of people just not consider them in the same way they might pure dramas(which is completely stupid). both those films were beautifully shot, creative, original, ambitious and had excellent scores- you achieve those things alone and you have greatness no matter what else is lacking.
I don't know what made me pick this movie up, but I can't say that I'm disappointed. The basic gist of the story is two eight year old kids, one the son of a Nazi officer, the other a Jew in a concentration camp, become friends after a series of conversations that occurred at the camp wall. The German boy sneaks into the camp for a stupid and naive reason and it, rather expectantly, ends unhappily.
The movie is not particularly great in any area. It has no historical validity since Nazis did not waste resources on those who worked inefficiently(namely eight year olds) and the movie treated German citizens as if they were completely naive of what was happening in death camps. As a result, the story is very unbelievable and sort of plods until the ending. However, despite these faults, the movie retains its power due to the sheer horror of the Holocaust. The ending, as the German boy's father desperately searches for his son in the camp, is very tense and has a sickening effect on the viewer.
Overall, it's not Schindler's List, but it does adequately portray the unspeakable acts of cruelty that occurred during the Holocaust.