5 Extremely impressive and surprisingly action-filledbenminx | 29/07/2010 | See all benminx's reviews (73)First of all, this film is heavily pro-christianity. Not in a preachy way, but in a way that makes it clear the filmakers are saying "this is my opinion, it's out there. Deal with it." If that's likely to offend you, this isn't the film for you. However, it makes for an interesting mcGuffin as the thing the bad guys want instead of the usual 'computer disk' or 'oil source', and the directors are smart enough to make us question many times whether Denzel's Eli is an obsessive and deluded or not. The film is unexpectedly action filled, with Eli a surprisingly lethal and efficient survivor. As previously mentioned here, the film's visual style appears to be very heavily influenced by the computer game Fallout 3 - although it's far from the only post-apocalypse thriller to have a very similar visual style and setting. This is a good thing, as it makes for a very believable, wholly realised world, with the many beautiful shots of the devastated landscape and settlements filmed in a very clear and slightly colour de-saturated style that makes them amazing on blu-ray. Gary Oldman makes for a well played wrinkles and all believable monster who is trying to corrupt something good to his own needs. The ending, while it feels slightly forced, is also satisfying and quite naturalistic. The filming style is one of the most impressive I've seen in a long while, with the Hughes brothers making great use of silence, especially in the creepy fallout-laden opening, to emphasise man's relative absence from the world. Overall, it's a derivative but beautifully filmed and very well acted action thriller with ferocious fights, and the feeling of a fully realised world in which Eli is a tiny piece. The Hughes Brothers' have always made films where their opinions are blatantly clear, and this one is no different. It's what helps them stand out in a good way. A great action thriller with heart.