Trailer Watch: The Hughes Brothers' The Book of Eli

The first trailer for the Hughes Brothers’ (Menace II Society, From Hell) post-apocalyptic actioner The Book of Eli is up, with the unstoppable Denzel Washington as a man — named Eli, natch — who “fights his way across the desolate wasteland of near-future America to realize his destiny and deliver the knowledge that can bring civilization back from the brink of destruction and save the future of humanity.” (Apple has the trailer in higher resolution if this isn’t good enough for you.)

This teaser sports some great visuals, but the action is a bit too cut up to tell if it’ll hold together as well as, say, the insanely good heist from Dead Presidents. Still, it’s great to see the Hughes Brothers cranking out films again.

Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis co-star, with Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals and Michael Gambon rounding out the cast. The $75 million film is out January 15, 2010. With Daybreakers coming out a week before, and the two films — both of which look very promising, and both of which are aimed squarely at the genre-lovin’ action crowd — may be poised for a fight. In January — previously known as the post-Oscar-season dumping grounds. The mind reels. Could Cloverfield have almost single-handedly redefined the month of January as the month of moody action flicks that might otherwise be too downbeat to compete in the crowded summers?

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 21:23 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Marco1019
    on 2009-07-24 at 00:52
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    I don't think Cloverfield changed January as a dumping ground. It was an anomaly. It clocked in at just over $80MM domestically. While impressive given its release date, it fell well short of the $100MM benchmark.

  2. Written by Mike Rouse-Deane
    on 2009-07-24 at 01:51
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    that looks quite awesome!!!

  3. Written by gmcalpin
    on 2009-07-24 at 01:54
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    But then why is WB dropping a $75 million action movie starring Denzel Washington in the dumping ground? That's what I'm confused about.

    Fuck… maybe Paul Blart changed things.… (It made $180 million in all.)

  4. Written by Chris
    on 2009-07-24 at 02:40
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    Heck yeah Fallout 3: The Movie!

    Just kidding. Why do we see so many movies and shows like this nowadays? I guess with the whole world ending in 2012 thing they're trying to teach us something.

  5. Written by Marco1019
    on 2009-07-24 at 10:19
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    Indeed, it's very confusing.

    No two words make moviegoers cringe quite like “This January”. If Paul Blart goes down in history as the movie that changed January releases…

  6. Written by Marco1019
    on 2009-07-24 at 14:19
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    Indeed, it's very confusing.

    No two words make moviegoers cringe quite like “This January”. If Paul Blart goes down in history as the movie that changed January releases…

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