Release Date: October 18th, 2019
MPA Rating: R (for some horror violence/images)
Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
Written By: David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg, and Richard Naing
Directed By: Ciarán Foy
Starring: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor, and Sadie Sink.
Eli begins with us watching a young boy waking up from a bad dream in which he is celebrating a birthday party, and having an allergic reaction to the outside. Eli (Charlie Shotwell), awakens inside a plastic bubble, with his mother attending to him. They are inside a motel room since they are in the process of traveling.
His mother, Rose (Kelly Reilly) and father, Paul (Max Martini) have located a doctor who has promised she can cure Eli of his condition. Apparently, he is allergic to anything outside, so he must always stay within a plastic bubble or body suit. After a brief confrontation with some hooligans, the family gets back on the road towards their destination.
After reaching their destination, the family meets the good doctor Dr. Horn (Lili Tyalor), and her two assistants. At first, everything seems ok, but soon young Eli grows suspicious of the doctor’s intentions. After meeting a mysterious young girl, who seems to keep appearing outside his window, Eli, decides to snoop around to find some answers.
After more treatment, the young patient feels even more sick, and begins having visions that he can’t explain. After finding the evidence he believes he needs to convince his parents to take him away from there, he presents it to them, which leads to a final confrontation that no one expects.
I love movies that have a surprising ending, and require the viewer to wait until the end to understand what just happened. Eli, was one of those movies for me.
Although I knew this was a horror movie, I had a very different expectation for the ending. The twists and turns throughout the movie, made it a pleasant ride, and had me wondering what the intentions of each character were. One such example was the young girl that Eli kept seeing outside of the building he was confined in.
The performances given, especially by young Charlie Shotwell as Eli, added to the emotions in this movie, and intensity. So, if you want to watch a horror movie that has an unexpected ending, but does make sense, then watch Eli on Netflix.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars