Is 'The Book of Eli' Really a Christian Film?

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The new motion picture, The Book of Eli, is still filling up movie theaters.

The Bible is at the center the post apocalyptic film. But there is some debate about whether it's a Christian film.

Actor Denzel Washington portrays Eli, a man who survives a world war and holds the one remaining Bible. Eli is on mission to protect the book as he takes a 30 year westward walk across the country.

"Well, I am very happy of the high regard in which it holds the Bible and for that I am like, 'Yeah, you did a good job on that,'" said Bob Waliszewski, Focus on the Family's film critic.

However, Waliszewski says that is also where the movie's good job ends.

"It doesn't stack up for any audience in my opinion, because of one particular harsh profanity, which is voiced over a dozen times," he explained. "And the violence I felt was over the top as well."

At several points in the film, there is gunfire, explosives and fights scenes that resemble the wild, wild west.

Despite the violence, some have called The Book of Eli, a Christian film. But Washington, who is also the son of a preacher, has said he wouldn't describe it as such. Instead, he'd call it a spiritual film.

"I would agree with Denzel," said Waliszewski. "And even Washington's character doesn't always act out as this man of God that he is supposed to be. There is one point that he tears this guys arm off. He warns him."

And that's a warning about whether this film is worth seeing.

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