I wasn't expecting a religious movie when I started watching this. It seemed like any other post-apocalyptic action thriller out there, albeit with the as-always impressive Denzel Washington in the lead, and Gary Oldman the villain, and Mila Kunis the sidekick... sort of. It was just full of surprises though, and really didn't go any way I expected it, not even at the end. You might not get zombies - you don't really know what you'll get, but whatever it is it's a new take on a classic - in many ways.
It borrows inspiration freely, not just from future dystopias, but social-reform movies like Equilibrium, and environmental movies, and games, and religion, and the old West, and it weaves a gray but refreshing tale out of these old inspirations.
It left me with shivers. It felt like a modern interpretation of the bible, an inspiring voyage; testament. Not so inspiring it made me believe, but inspiring enough that it made me feel like it might be good to do so. There's something special about faith when it's blind, and when you're this close to it. The light of day... is something everyone can feel, even if it's a luxury some are deprived of.
The post-apocalyptic world is barren, washed-out, withered and authentic. It feels as real as the journey, and the plot is simple, but lull with secrets and surprise, as heavy with hints as it is; savorable as that last bottle of shampoo. The contrasts are heavy; even with all that light, it's such a dark world. It really wasn't like any other post-apocalyptic movie after all.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle