Movie: The Book of Eli (2010)
Writer: Gary Whitta
For much of its running time, The Book of Eli, the purported comeback film from Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents), isn't half bad. There's a very well-executed one-take action sequence set in and around an isolated house that's under serious attack, a few brutal beatdowns issued to multiple victims courtesy of an especially badass Denzel Washington, and the grimy, apocalyptic western cinematography emits a certain beautiful dirtiness.
So why the Hughes brothers and writer Gary Whitta had to go and botch the whole thing in the final act is anyone's guessâ€”as long as said guess is of the pissed-off kind. As it turns out, humorless road warrior Eli (Washington) is blind; the last remaining copy of the King James Bible, which he's been protecting for 30 years, is written in Braille, rendering it useless to Gary Oldman's villain, who wants to use its words to control people. Apparently sightless Eli was aided by the hand of God in all of those brawls and shootouts.
Or perhaps Whitta decided to pull the old bait-and-switch at the last second and never bothered to fill in the resulting plot holes, the hollowness of which is unavoidable whenever you re-watch Eli's fights and ponder how a blind man can take on all comers from all sides and angles.