iThe Book of Eli

My husband and I don’t normally attend an R-rated movie.  This was an exception.  And here’s why.  This move is a post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.  What book?  The Holy Bible.

This movie is rated R for violence (some hard to watch scenes, but none worse than The Passion of The Christ).  For me the R rating was for hearing the F word a few times.   There is no nudity thank goodness and no graphic sex.  There are a couple of scenes of attempted rape, but no skin … one scene is shot from quite a distance away and the director wants you to know an assault is taking place but is merciful enough not to show it to us.

This movie was amazingly real.  As the adverts claim “it will rock your soul”.  It rocked mine.  Below is an excerpt from the trailer.

Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years, walking west across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. Eli is a peaceful man who only acts in self defense, and becomes a warrior with unbelievable killing skills when he is challenged. After the war and the “Big Flash”, Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book with his life, because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future.

Do you think all Christians are mamby pamby wimps, brainwashed by other impoverished, boring, misled and/or pathetic souls looking for a crutch or worse, power.  True Christians all have one thing in common, believing that the only way to Heaven is by embracing what Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary,namely dying in our place so that we would not have to pay for our own sin.  He was a substitute for us.  God makes Christians in all shapes/sizes and personalities.  He knows best where our gifts can be used in the world and he positions his children in those strategic places.  Denzel is riviting in this role and powerful in his Christian walk.    God is Amazing.

By the way, did you know Denzel is a Christian.  Click here for some reading on Denzel’s faith.