The Book of Eli (2010) – Review

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Directed by Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes (credited as The Hughes Brothers)

Written by Gary Whitta

Cast: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman

Length: 1 hour and 58 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.” Continue reading “The Book of Eli (2010) – Review”

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Published in 1985

Pages: 311

Genre: Dystopian, speculative fiction

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”

The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopian future where a religious sect has taken over the United States of America and transformed it into the Republic of Gilead. Patriarchy reigns supreme and a bastardized version of Christianity is the law of the land. Due to this, the Handmaid’s job is to be the sacred vessel for the coming generations. Read: used strictly for procreation. These Handmaids are indoctrinated and made to do their “duty” (awkward and uncomfortable sex) through unquestioning faith. The main character, Offred (whose name is based on the name of the Commander that she serves. Literally meaning “Of-Fred”, it is more of an identification of property. Other characters are named Ofwarren and Ofglen), recounts her experiences as a Handmaid and through her recollections pieces together the change undergone by an entire country and culture. Continue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale – Review”