Hurleysgivingpocalyptageddon 2013: The Book of Eli

It’s time for this year’s rewatch. I don’t think I’ve seen this flick since it was in theaters, and I’ve really been itching to give it another go. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I recommend that you do. If you don’t want it spoiled, stop reading now. Seriously, almost everything I’m going to discuss is the end of the movie.

There was a really cool triptych of posters that I wanted to post, but I'm too drunk/tired to stitch them together into one image. Google 'em, you'll know the ones I'm talking about.

There was a really cool triptych of posters that I wanted to post, but I’m too drunk/tired to stitch them together into one image. Google ’em, you’ll know the ones I’m talking about.

I really have trouble believing that he was completely blind the whole time. I did a little the first time I saw it, and after this rewatch… He’s just got to be able to see a little bit, at least. There are lot of little signs that he’s blind if you know what you’re looking for. Eli trips over things, sometimes you can tell that he’s feeling around with his foot before he steps, he bumps a table, shit like that. But he also walks straight up to the front doors of buildings, a couple of them in the middle of nowhere with no sound or other indicators. Does he just happen to look straight at the sign when he comes to the fork in the road? It just doesn’t completely add up for me. Maybe he can kind of see shapes or shadows or something. I don’t know.

That aside, I love the shit out of this movie. It’s a cool story, and it is beautifully shot. The big shootout scene in particular has some really awesome super long camera shots.

Highly recommended, whether you know he’s blind or not, it’s a damn good movie.

5 out of 5