After we watched Inception together this summer, my oldest nephew recommended that I watch Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli. Since he mentioned it, I was looking around for it, but having some trouble finding it. After mentioning that to some friends, they kindly watched out for the DVD until they found it and bought it for me. It took a while still after that, but tonight I finally got to sit down and watch the show.
My nephew's recommendation was a good one. I liked the movie, thought the acting was pretty good, and very much enjoyed the premise of the show. The whole notion of the relationship between language and power has long been one of my main interests. This movie nicely captures that idea and puts it into a story that makes good sense. The way that we use words, the power they have over us, and the way we too often try to use them to obtain power over others are matters all nicely explored in the film.
The movie reminds me some of Fahrenheit 451. Maybe that's partly because it's a book that I recommended to my nephew this summer as well, and so was kind of mindful of the connections we'd shared this summer through the things we watched, read, and talked about. I love those moments of connection, and especially enjoyed that part of watching The Book of Eli tonight — connecting with my nephew even when we are on opposite sides of the world at the moment.
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