Any movie starring Denzel Washington will be the shit. Any movie. If you don’t agree with me, you can go take a long walk off a short pier. He’s the man, TRAINING DAY, INSIDE MAN, AMERICAN GANGSTER, MAN ON FIRE, the list goes on and on. If you’re making a movie, you call his ass up, offer him the job. If he takes the gig, you have your lead. if he isn't into it, you call Tom Cruise or Matt Damon or some shit knowing full well that your movie will probably suck.
“Who should we cast to play a bad guy?” Some director asked his staff. “Easy” they replied in unison, “We should get Gary Oldman!”
Damn straight they should, because with the exception of the HARRY POTTER movies (Sirius Black) and Christopher Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT Trilogy ("Comish"), Gary Oldman crushes playing the bad guy. You couldn’t film anything in the 90s without Oldman showing up dominating: FIFTH ELEMENT, AIR FORCE ONE, LEON THE PROFESSIONAL. Game. Set. Match.
THE BOOK OF ELI sets up two of the best in business in a classic good verse evil showdown. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Eli (Denzel Washington) has the most valuable book in the world (we'll call it the "A Song of Ice and the World of Darkness") All other copies of the Song of Ice and the World of Darkness were burned in the apocalypse, and Eli is trying to bring it across the country in order to replace them.
Carnegie (Gary Oldman) sees that Eli can really fuck people up with his fighting skills and invites him to roll with his crew. Eli is like, “Nah, Dog”. So Carnegie send over this smoke show babe to like dome him up or whatever and convince him to join the Carnegie rough riders.
Eli isn’t tempted.
Instead, he rolls out and Carnegie sends his boys to go fuck him up and take his Book Of Mormon. Eli continues to fuck shit up for the remainer of the movie. Dudefest-wise, I'd give it a "quite". The last ten minutes of the movie have so many twists that you feel like you're watching every M. Night Shyamalan movie at once.