Watched the Denzel Washington movie last night. It’s a post-apocalyptic story of a loner travelling ‘west’ through the badlands of humanity. The opening scene involves our hero shooting a cat for dinner in the middle of a ‘nuclear winter’. It’s all fairly bleak at the beginning – but believable, and well done (if a bit late given that Mad Max did much the same thirty years ago).
The film then rapidly becomes a Christian allegory – and not a very subtle one at that. The book Denzel’s carting around is of course the last surviving copy of the Bible, and a demonic Gary Oldman wants to get his hands on it so that he can rule the earth.
It’s a decent enough film, cos there’s a clear story line as well as good characterisation and a few surprises. However, it’s never going to be one of the great fantasy/scifi films cos it’s just too heavy-handed with its messaging and nothing is amiguous. The landscape is grey (like ash) most of the time, but there are just no ‘shades of grey’ in the movie. Worth a watch, but only 7/10 from me. Mad Max did it better.