Book of Eli, The: Q2 Edition

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Book of Eli, The: Q2 Edition
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Original Release Date:
2010
Original Running Time:
117
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Fanedit Running Time:
99
Time Cut:
18
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Brief Synopsis:
The studio version of The Book of Eli wasn’t bad it just suffered from the usual Hollywood excess. This version has stripped away subplots and other elements unnecessary to streamline what could have been an even better film.
Intention:
I actually liked The Book of Eli when I saw it in the theater, but I did see several problems that could have easily been fixed. This version aims to fix and streamline the film by cutting nearly 20 minutes of material to tighten the narrative. The subplot of Redridge’s interest in Solara has been completely removed, as is the (heavenly) protection Eli receives, and the “twist” ending. The reveal of what the book is has been pushed back as well. What has hopefully been achieved is a more down-to-earth version of an already entertaining film.
Release Information:
AVCHD
Special Features
Text Commentary Track
Cuts and Additions:
- opening with cat in woods cut (it was interesting visually but unnecessary)
- cut man hanging in closet, Eli dancing in dead man’s shoes, and Eli talking to the rat (again, all unnecessary)
- cut close up of bandits riding away after killing couple on the highway
- cut Solara going to get Eli’s canteen filled
- trimmed Eli and Solara saying grace together
- trimmed Carnegie talking to Solara and her mother
- tweaked gun battle as Eli tries to leave the town (removing shots of Eli getting shot)
- cut Solara negotiating with Eli and going to the fresh water spring
- cut Redridge telling Carnegie he wants Solara in exchange for his help
- cut Carnegie discussing with his men how Eli seems protected
- cut Solara trying to take the book from Eli while he’s sleeping
- cut Redridge pleading with Eli to help save Solara
- trimmed Eli and Solara at museum/library (primarily shortening the shot revealing the “twist”)
- tweaked overall ending so Eli’s voice over extends over footage of Carnegie
- pushed back the reveal of what the book is until later in the film
- cut Solara’s epilogue
- removed one too many bits of dialogue saying “the book” … I wish I could have cut more
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9.1
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9.5(4)
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9.5(4)
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9.5(4)
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9.7(3)
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8.6(7)
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9.3
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9.0
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9.0
"God is good, is he not?"
"All the time."

This starts off as "Everyone wants to kill Denzel Washington: The Movie" but ends up being a suprisingly good film with a lot of heart.

Editing was almost technically flawless, I only noticed one transition. Narratively very strong too, I couldn't tell what had been cut. The video file was only 1.5GB but still looked excellent, audio was a little murky but mostly fine.

I very much enjoyed this. It's not a great film by any stretch, but still superior to most of what Hollywood pumps out nowadays. Q2 has significantly streamlined the film by removing the irrelevant sideplots and reworking the ending, leaving behind a superior version. This'll be my go-to if I watch this again.
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7.6
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9.0
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9.0
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Firstly, I'll say this undoubtedly improves on the movie by favoring a streamlined narrative over the longer running time. It still can't make this into an action film though, which is its strength. The decision to remove basically the central plot point (not fully shown until the end of the film) is probably a smart one. However, it removes just about the only interesting thing in the movie.

The film looks washed out (no fault of the editor) and the score might be the least interesting thing Atticus Ross has ever done. The performances are generally good, but the basic plot is just too simple and uninvolving. Despite reworking the narrative, I still just can't think of a reason to watch this movie when the Mad Max series exists, much less others. The reworking of the narrative does also leave a few scenes feeling a bit abrupt, too.

Technically very well done, but sadly just can't turn a lackluster movie into a good one. Unless you're profoundly Christian, I guess, then have at it.
Full review of the regular film here, if anyone's interested: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/the-book-of-eli/

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9.8
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10.0
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A truly classic example of simple, but effective editing. This has replaced the original in my collection.

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This is a very overlooked fan edit imo, with just 4 reviews and only 4 votes.

Personally this is one of my favorite fan edits. Q2 took a movie that i was not fond of…at all and turned it into a movie i can really enjoy.

The pacing in this edit was perfect, not once did i think that it was going to fast or to slow.

The cuts in this were completely seamless, and they took care of every issue i had with this movie, especially the HORRIBLE original ending and turned it into something completely amazing!

(this all coming from someone who has NOT read the comic, so i’m not sure if this edit is closer or further than the original source)

So if you have seen the original and weren’t happy with it give this fan edit a view.

Thanks Q2 for a job WELL DONE!
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Great job i really enjoyed this fanedit
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