The Road vs. The Book Of Eli

A pair of post-apocalyptic worlds and a pair of heroes doing what they can to survive. Both stories are vastly different from each other in plot and approach, but what doesn’t differ is the will to survive. The choices both characters make are hard and full of consequences. Both movies are exceptionally good and well recommended by me.

The Road follows the tale of a father and his son, as they just try to survive in this world ravaged by war. Every day is a struggle.  A simple chore of getting food and water can turn into a fight for survival.

Raiders and killers litter the lands. People will try and act friendly until you turn your back to them. There are no loyalties or honor. It’s a fight for survival and only the cruelest will survive. The son tries to be the moral compass. He doesn’t quite understand they people will kill you for a simple can of tuna. The father knows what this world is and what he has to do to ensure the life of him and his son.

The Book of Eli follows a very different path. Eli is on a quest from God and is traveling West. He doesn’t know why, he just simply said God told him. He is carrying around a bible that he believes has a purpose. Along the way he encounters a town with a ruthless self-appointed dictator to it named Carmine.

Carmine understands what a deadly weapon religion is and how he can use it to bend pothers to his will. This is so far in the future that he was a young man when the bombs fell. Many people in the world there don’t even know how to read, let alone know what religion is. Eli is then on the run from Carmine and his thugs to keep the book safe and return it to what he believes is “proper hands” out in the West.


Both characters make huge sacrifices for their causes at the end of the movies. They are different yet similar. I give both movies a 4/5.

Joe Reyes





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