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Full-length ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer hits the web

20 Dec

By Chris Engelhardt

'The Dark Knight Rises' official poster. Credit: http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/

It’s finally here. The full-length trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” officially hit the web today.

The film is director Christopher Nolan’s final installment in his Batman trilogy, and the new trailer suggests the series will end with a bang. The Dark Knight (Christian Bale) and new villain Bane (Tom Hardy) — best known in the DC Comics universe for breaking Batman’s back — go head-to-head. Gotham City is in complete chaos. Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) mesmerizes, though not in perfect Catwoman attire. And we get glimpses of Alfred (Michael Caine), John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard).

“The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters July 20, 2012.

Check out the trailer below:

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Movie Review: The Book of Eli

21 Aug

By Chris Engelhardt

Denzel Washington stars in The Book of Eli. Credit: jasminhunter_photograph y, via Flickr

There have been plenty of post-apocalyptic films based on uncontrollable circumstances and natural disasters. But what if the world changed because of religion?

That’s the topic of The Book of Eli, directed by Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell, Menace II Society). Denzel Washington stars as Eli, one of the few survivors of the “war” and protector of the last known bible. Eli makes his way through desolate lands, shadowed by lifeless skies, moving along with his mission. In a world of wickedness, rape, robbery and no authority, Eli relies on the one thing that no one else seems to possess— faith.

Eli’s mission, however, is in jeopardy when he crosses paths with Carnegie (Gary Oldman), leader of a shelter-town for survivors of the “war” that took place 30 years ago. Those who he provides for are sent out to search for a piece of literature he craves—the last holy bible. And when Carnegie learns that Eli is carrying the book, he’ll stop at nothing to obtain the word of God in order to manipulate people into doing his bidding.

The Book of Eli works because of its story. We never find out much about the “war,” but this comes as no surprise, especially because it is the creative choice of a writer to provide or withhold explanation. Whether viewers will or will not be annoyed by this is purely subjective. Regardless, first time writer Gary Whitta creates an impressive story which pitches us the positions of two men—Eli and Carnegie—who both have goals and whose paths intertwine as a result. It’s a classic good vs. evil, protagonist vs. antagonist showdown.

It’s been done before, but never with Washington and Oldman. Both offer power-house performances, though neither actor is better than the other. Because their characters are equally matched, one will never predict which way the film will go, making for a true cinematic experience.

That’s not to say that Whitta’s story is entirely satisfying. It isn’t. There are several unnecessary instances of lazy writing and silliness (a massive bar fight over the poor treatment of a cat is rather pathetic). Another scene involving Solara (a fitting Mila Kunis) is altogether irrelevant, and a poor decision on Whitta’s part (you’ll know which one when you see it). Otherwise, the story works.

Much credit belongs to the Hughes Brothers, who let us know from the start that this will be a film about survival and the will to live. They provide entertainingly choreographed fight sequences, intense action and enough character development for viewers to understand who these people are. They allow us to believe in this story, while keeping it alive and breathing. We follow Eli without ever questioning his mission. The Hughes Brothers, it seems, were on their own mission in making this film. They faithfully fulfilled it.

Grade: B+

This article was originally published on Suite101.com: http://www.suite101.com/content/the-book-of-eli-movie-review-a192496