Eli has several conversations with people while looking right at them. Hannahs eventual child, samuel, was raised by eli in the tabernacle. I let it sit on my hubbys shelf with his other to be read books. A soldier had returned through the back gate and given the news of the battle to the people. In the bible, the high priest eli was blind, and some might say that there are several scenes which may indicate that in the movie eli was blind or at least partially blind. First off, theres really no question whatsoever that the book of eli is a samurai film. Eli by bill myers goodreads meet your next favorite book. If eli was blind through out the movie then the movie is of the same genre as godzilla just plain camp, because ive known quite a few blind people with heightened senses and washington didnt. Denzel washingtons character eli is blind in the movie book of eli.
Was eli just able to read braille for some unknown reason or was he actually blind all the time probably since the apocalypse 30 years ago, which is implied to have blinded many people. The book of eli starts out with 10 minutes of dialoguefree imagery depicting the type of postapocalyptic wasteland made familiar in recent months by the road and terminator salvation. Among the pile of books and magazines brought before carnegie and subsequently burned is a copy of the da vinci code these hands have killed. All believable, albeit maybe a little bit of a stretch. He s guided by a voice in his head that told him that he must protect this book and he is personally lives by the message of the bible, basically to do more for others than for yourself as he puts it. I personally loved each bloody battle, because of their smoothness like that oneshot bonanza at the house, and that they contributed to the idea this was meant to. Realizing eli is a literate man like himself, carnegie forces him to stay the night under guard. Some of what he says seems wise and some of it seems a little crazy. Much like american westerns inspired japanese samurai films, so eli completes the circle.
Hes guided by a voice in his head that told him that he must protect this book and he is personally lives by the message of the bible, basically to do more for others than for yourself as he puts it. Jan 18, 2010 the book of eli sets itself up as an enjoyable mad max meets i am legend romp, but the disappointing nature of its central maguffin can you tell what it is yet. The book of eli sets itself up as an enjoyable mad max meets i am legend romp, but the disappointing nature of its central maguffin. The film looks and feels good, and washingtons performance is the more uncanny the more we think back over it. The seeing blind man that was eli is a clever borrowing from the bible, and really rounds up all of the religious ideas that are interwoven with inbetween bloody battles. Dec 17, 2014 first off, theres really no question whatsoever that the book of eli is a samurai film. Incase you havent seen it, heres the surprise ending of the book of eli. Eli was, according to the books of samuel, a high priest of shiloh. Just finished watching the book of eli movie for a second time.
Hes just going from point a to point b, and plowing through obstacles. The ending is flawed, as we critics like to say, but its so magnificently, shamelessly, implausibly flawed that a it breaks apart from the movie and has a life of its own, or b at least it avoids being predictable. The story revolves around eli, a nomad in a postapocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book to a safe location on the west coast of. Lets avoid the violence subtext for a moment and address who eli really is. A postapocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across america in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Myself being legal blind, not 100% blind, i do not believe that eli was 100% blind, but he cold have been definatly visually impaired. I also love how the villain finally gets his claws on the book but cant really do anything with it since he cant read braille. The book of eli continues hollywoods obsession with postapocalyptic tales, and in many ways feels like it belongs in the same world as the road with its ashladen wastelands and crazed cannibals.
Christianity and the book of eli believe it or not. When hannah came to shiloh to pray for a son, eli initially accused her of drunkenness, but when she protested her innocence, eli wished her well. The book of eli, sometime in the future a lone warrior eli denzel washington is on a mission surrounding the presumed last remaining bible. Solara sees eli has a book, and he offers to share his food, saying grace before they eat. In the bible, the high priest eli was blind, and some might say that there are several scenes which may indicate that in the. The book of eli 2010 is both underappreciated and a.
The book of eli starts out with 10 minutes of dialoguefree imagery depicting the type of postapocalyptic wasteland made familiar in recent months. His bible is written in braille, which is that dotanddash language books and signs meant for blind persons are written in. Eli has about thirty years worth of practice surviving the dangers of traveling alone in a postapocalyptic world but considering that hes blind the trope counts. For that matter, eli is something of a modernday elijah.
Book of eli caps wasteland saga with a twist wired. At the end of the book of eli it is revealed that the eponymous bible that eli used to read and learn by heart is actually written in braille. Eli is a wanderer, but the film does not center on his life. In the movie the book of eli, was the character played by. Eli is really just a wanderer for a time, hes lucky enough to. The book of eli, sometime in the future a lone warrior eli denzel washington is on a mission surrounding. Watch the movie very carefully, and its pretty apparent. Eli, who was nearly blind, was sitting at the front gate to hear the returning soldiers return was unaware of the event until he asked about all the commotion in the city. When eli failed to rein in the abusive behavior of his sons, yahweh promised to punish his family.
He shares his name with a biblical prophet eli from the book of samuel. We see elis faith remain steadfast as he faces many trials and tribulations, including. According to imdb faq, yes he was possibly partially blind. Im currently interested in building a character that is similar to him in the movie. Eli closes his eyes every time he reads the bible in order to more focus his sense of touch and cut off the visual stimuli. I want to rewatch it to look for clues that eli is blind.
Again, you can do all the samurai references with loan wolf and as you said theres kind of a classic mythic master and apprentice relationship going on through the film. He obviously struggles with his own personal failings, but, for the most part, acts according to the book he defends so vehemently. His dangerous and often selfsacrificial mission, inspired by god and rooted in a deepseated personal faith, is certainly inspiring. If youre here for that, then youre going to be disappointed. Jan 19, 2010 the gospel according to the book of eli. The other interpretation is that eli, blinded by the events from the apocalypse, after finding the book in his youth, is somehow blessed with hysterical sightedness, all the way until he finally find his way to alcatraz and does his verbal dump, and afterwards, his blindness returns, but only after his mission was completed. My church youth minister and i had the debate on if eli was blind or not. Somehow, he has even managed to win gun fights when his opponents were standing on top of buildings far away. He is able to find the pawn shop in the first place, even though he s never been there.
Eli has in his possession the last surviving bible in the world, and he is on a mission he believes was given to him by god, to head west to where it will be safe. This troper felt like the butt monkey after going online and learning he was pretty much the only person out there who failed to notice this surprise. Eli passes through a town and encounters the big dog in charge a man named carnegie played by gary oldman. The book of eli believable except for this one small thing. Well, it was a difficult one because she really is the key relationship to eli.
The book of eliheadscratchers all the tropes wiki fandom. At the end of the conference i purchased his book, eli, for my husband and had bill sign it for him, secretly knowing i would also benefit from this gift. Averted when eli runs out of handgun ammunition and sets his gun down on a car but retrieves it before he leaves. Youre not alone in not realizing he was supposed to be blind. The book of eli 2010 is both underappreciated and a secret. Jun 26, 2018 despite the two answers you have already received to the contrary, yes the character eli in the book of eli was blind. With denzel washington, mila kunis, ray stevenson, gary oldman. The big twist in the book of eli is that at the end is it revealed that eli is blind and his bible is in braille the plothole is that eli constantly makes eye contact and watches people even though he is blind. Set in an american west which is covered in the hot, dirty wind of an illdefined apocalypse, eli brandishes a sword, espouses a code of honor, and wanders always.
Jan 15, 2010 the book of eli continues hollywoods obsession with postapocalyptic tales, and in many ways feels like it belongs in the same world as the road with its ashladen wastelands and crazed cannibals. Jan 15, 2010 the book of eli has an incredible biblical message, which tells the story of elis unwavering faith as he honors god with his life and follows gods will no matter how hard the journey may be. Somehow eli has been walking in the right direction the whole time. The book of eli believable except for this one small. Eli is really just a wanderer for a time, he s lucky enough to have a pretty young companion named solara mila.
Eli was blind before the war and after finding the bible and hearing gods voice he regained his sight until his task was completed finding a safe place for the bible this is why he did things a blind man would do and could read braille and also why is eyes were normal at the start of the film and clouded and the end. The gospel according to the book of eli popmatters. First off, hes a survivor, and a chosen one at that. Dec 05, 2011 incase you havent seen it, heres the surprise ending of the book of eli. Eli has to feel the feet to see if there are boots on the skeleton. Yet im not sure what further conclusions to draw from this. I can say it really enhanced my love for postapocalyptic media and really really made the wait for fallout 4 much harder. The book of eli is a movie set in a post apocalyptic world about a guy named eli, played by denzel washington. The book of eli 2010 frequently asked questions imdb. In a book full of nameless characters, ely stands out. The book of eli is a 2010 american postapocalyptic neowestern action film directed by the hughes brothers, written by gary whitta, and starring denzel washington, gary oldman, mila kunis, ray stevenson, and jennifer beals. Sure it has been debated, but was eli blind in book of eli.
Jan 22, 2010 at the end of the movie, we find out he is blindlike the biblical eliand that the book hes been carrying around throughout the film is the bible in braille. At the very end, when the camera zooms in on eli as he sits at the table on the ship, you can clearly see his eyes are covered by a white film, a. Spoilers every clue in the book of eli that explains the. Hell, eli can see, but really, really, really, really, really poorly. Asked in drama movies was eli blind in the movie book of eli.
Aug 07, 20 rachel dewoskins blind was a book i was curious about, but i wasnt so sure it would be my sort of book. Eli is blind and if so, he either trained himself to be able to travel, hunt, shoot, etc. If eli was blind through out the movie then the movie is of the same genre as godzilla just plain camp, because ive known quite a few blind people with. The blurb somehow made it sound like it would be a murder mystery, but, honestly, thats really misleading. The director is acutely aware that gary oldmans character is much more interesting than eli, and the focus of the film substantially shifts for the better to what he wants the. Despite the two answers you have already received to the contrary, yes the character eli in the book of eli was blind. Eli wears dark sunglasses, as blind people often do. Mar 03, 2017 i thought he was blind when i saw the movie. I plowed through my pile of to be read books, until december, a month off book club, fewer school days, fewer activities. The book of eli 2010 the braille bible scene 910 movieclips duration. Sure it has been debated, but was eli blind in book of.
Eli is really good at killing people, but feels guilty about it throwaway guns. After carnegies blind mistress claudia brings eli food and water, carnegie orders her daughter solara to seduce eli, but he rebuffs her. At the end of the movie, we find out he is blindlike the biblical eliand that the book hes been carrying around throughout the film is. He is able to find the pawn shop in the first place, even though hes never been there. He s just going from point a to point b, and plowing through obstacles. Eli does not notice the car with the skeleton until he hears the sound of rattling metal. Eli bumps the car door with his bag to gauge exactly where it is. Sure it has been debated, but was eli blind in book of eli posted by theantiquetiger on 2517 at 10. Rachel dewoskins blind was a book i was curious about, but i wasnt so sure it would be my sort of book. Mar 28, 2011 the book of eli 2010 the braille bible scene 910 movieclips duration.1684 595 395 259 131 425 1118 1141 118 147 261 258 669 1538 1265 1485 653 53 1204 782 758 315 904 1351 709 474 1668 335 835 1662 1008 112 891 853 1314 1168 205 560 418 868 805 1241 1360 323 579