Last night Kish and I decided to watch a movie on HBO On Demand. We ended up picking The Book of Eli. We both like Denzel Washington, I like science fiction. Why not?
Only a few minutes in, I thought to myself, “I’ve seen this movie already,” even though I hadn’t. And that is because the ugly future, post-apocalyptic, lone hero movie has been done to death. How is The Book of Eli different, for example, from The Road Warrior? Something horrible has happened, civilization has crumbled, and the animal nature of the remaining humans is being acted out in the most gruesome fashion. A lone guy appears, fights and beats and kills dozens of subhuman survivors, and then helps to set humanity back on the road to civilization. They even share religious themes. The only difference is the explicit Biblical aspect of The Book of Eli.
Apocalyptic themes have long been popular in science fiction books and science fiction movies. On The Beach, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Road, and The Stand come readily to mind. Isn’t it about time that authors and screenwriters start looking at futuristic movies involving an Earth that falls somewhere between Star Trek and cataclysm?