The Book of Eli is one of those artistic and stylistic films that offers a straightforward and nearly biblical story of a man trying to deliver the last Bible on earth to a safe haven, but this film is widely overlooked. I never really hear people talk about The Book of Eli and while it has elements of drama and is not the standard mainstream action flick, it definitely has plenty of action and the action scenes are done very well.
By very well I mean the action scenes are portrayed in such a radically different style, similar to the matrix or a Zack Synder film, that they make you keep watching. The thing about these action scenes though, is that they are all done in different styles. While maintaining the energy they give out with fast camera movements with guerrilla style fighting, one fight scene is done entirely through a silhouette, another is done in a classic rotation around the fight, and another is done all in a oner-shot, going through walls of a breaking home to see what the enemy is doing and then coming back where Eli is taking cover (before the Revenant did this).
One would think that with all this cool action the story and music would be weak, but it really does not come off this way. For one, the music in phenomenally eerie in a sense that it is electronic (not the annoying electronic music–but well done–like Hans Zimmer or Trent Reznor). The music really sells this film and makes me want to watch the film again just to hear the cool sounds it has to offer. My general theory is that films with good music have more re-watch value than films with forgettable or bad music. By the end of the film the story line causes a lot of frustration because the audience understands the motivations of the protagonist and antagonist and desperately wants the protagonist to win, but everything goes wrong.
Overall, this film is different and does not try to be a mainstream flick–which is exactly why I have so much respect for it. This film is deep and leaves people wanting to know more about the past of the characters.