Eli (2019) – Review, Summary (with Spoilers)

73.87% (7)

Eli presents the unexpected, time and time again, to the point it will make you wish this was a mini-series, maybe of 2 – 3 episodes, than one movie.


Director(s) Ciaran Foy
Screenplay By David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing
Date Released (Netflix) 10/18/2019
Genre(s) Horror, Thriller
Good If You Like
  • Jump Scares
  • Creepy Children
  • Moderate Twists
Noted Cast
Eli Charlie Shotwell
Rose Kelly Reilly
Paul Max Martini
Dr. Horn Lili Taylor
Haley Sadie Sink

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Plot Summary/ Review

For a few years now, Eli has lived under the impression his immune system was attacking itself. With that in mind, his mother, Rose, had him live the life of a bubble boy, and with being exposed to the air causing him to turn red and hurt, it was assumed she was telling the truth. Hence why, alongside husband Paul, who found Dr. Horn, they take him to a secluded place to get better. However, as he goes through the stages of treatment, Eli learns what is really ailing him and how many played a role in that.

Eli (2019) – First Impressions

Highlights

The Ending Makes You Want More

Mind you, the summary strongly hints something is up, but towards the end, you get a nice few twists that lead to a truth that makes you, so badly, want a post-credit scene. Just so that the film could truly wrap things up. But with the right people behind it, you can see a sequel that could greatly expand on what is revealed at the end.

Sadie Sink

While not a big part of the film, again, the ending makes her role worth it. Plus, while Shotwell makes a decent lead, Sink shows in the few minutes she has, it would be no issue for her to take over if a sequel was produced.

On The Fence

While The Ending Is Good, The Build To It May Not Maintain Everyone’s Attention

Eli (Charlie Shotwell) having a procedure done.
Eli (Charlie Shotwell)

The meat and potatoes of this movie is keeping you guessing and thinking something is up. However, there is a lot of misdirection which will lead you to question what is going on, what is the truth? Haley contributes to this because it seems weird how a girl her age would be allowed, late at night, to go to some secluded mansion. Also, considering the way the house is, and Eli’s visions, red flags are raised continuously. Add on Rose and Paul having the kind of relationship that makes you think they are together strictly for Eli, it almost pushes you to believe maybe they are in debt and sold Eli for money.

And for most of the film, you are strung along to the point you may begin to lose interest after a while. However, as Eli starts getting curious and fighting back, the move stops cruises and hits you with some nitro. So as long as you were still there with the movie up until the point it gets ready to reveal all, you’ll be fine.

Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Paul (Max Martini) asking Dr. Horn to save Eli.
Paul (Max Martini)

What honestly makes this film good is the jump scares scattered throughout, Sadie Sink’s presence, and the ending. Outside of that, honestly, Eli’s parents don’t contribute much. I’d even say their drama makes you wish they were forced to leave Eli with Dr. Horn and her nurses. Alas, that isn’t the case.

But, while his parents don’t add much, they are a necessary evil to drive the film, and by the time things come to an end, you appreciate their contribution to an ending which makes you crave a sequel, or at least an epilogue.

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