Yesterday, I went and watched the new Denzel Washington movie, The Book of Eli. Denzel–who remains one of my favorite actors–stars as a mysterious wanderer, Eli, who journeys across post-apocalyptic America bearing a sacred book.
I’m not gonna say much more than that about the plot–I’d rather you go see it yourself. I enjoyed the sterling performances from Denzel, as well as from the supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Beals; and I thought the story was nuanced and well-adjusted enough to avoid heavy-handedness or preachiness.
When you’ve gone and seen it, then we can talk about what it says about humanity, what it says about God, etc., etc. For now … I’m just gonna tell you to go see it. Here’s the trailer to pique your interest:
And on a related note, the movie reminded me of the importance of Scripture: of reading, speaking and hearing the Word of God. Hearing Denzel Washington reciting Psalm 23 was pretty sweet.
- A 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti yesterday. Check out pictures here and here. (Warning: some disturbing images.)
- Afghan civilian deaths were up in 2009.
- Google may pull out of China!
At the start of the book, young Andy is homeless and hopeless. But an encounter with a mysterious old man by the name of Jones changes all that as Jones shows Andy a different way of looking at life, a way of noticing, that will forever change his perspective and through this, his life. And as Andy’s life changes, he begins to realize that his is not the only life that has been impacted by this enigmatic character.
At first I wasn’t too sure about the story: there seemed to be too many opportunities for it to descend into being tacky and overly-preachy, as an unfortunately high number of Christian fiction books have shown. But as I got more into the book, I was pleased with Andy Andrews’ light touch, and the way he effortlessly weaved biblical truths and good spiritual lessons into the narrative.
On the whole, I enjoyed the book. It was a good, pretty well-written novel that reminds us that our perspective impacts the way we live, and by implication, that God’s perspective should also impact the way we live.
Standout tracks for me: “Magnificent” (track 2), “Moment of Surrender” (track 3), “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (track 5), “Get On Your Boots” (track 6), “White as Snow” (track 9, sounding eerily like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”), and “Cedars of Lebanon” (track 11).
Yes, I know I named more than half of the album … what’s your point?