Australian writer-director Zak Hilditch’s apocalyptic vision is striking in its visuals, bold in its bleakness and completely unoriginal in its core narrative. An asteroid strike in the North Atlantic sends a tsunami of unstoppable fire around the world, with Western Australia the last place to be hit. The people of Perth have 12 hours to contemplate their demise and, as the sky turns hotter, lawlessness rapidly descends – with many choosing suicide or the escape of hard drugs, rather than meeting their fate head on.
By filtering the enormity of global catastrophe through the prism of individual survival, writer/director Stephen Fingleton’s remarkable debut effectively imagines the complete breakdown of society into an intense, intimate and brutally realistic character study.
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Religious and moral overtones echo loudly throughout The Book of Eli, but that shouldn’t discourage you from opening its pages. Those that do will be rewarded with a visually stunning, thought-provoking film that features a mesmerising performance from Denzel Washington at its heart.