Why do the henchmen obey Carnegie in the first place?
When, exactly, does Eli become blind? Since "the book" was in braille all along, I'm inclined to believe he was that way all along. If that's true... Denzel Washington plays a f*cking sorry excuse for a blind person. Maybe it wouldn't have been too agonizing on its own, but compared to Jennifer Beals? She acts more helpless than he does, and she'd been blind for her *entire life.*
I also don't like that they never explicitly mention WHY the bad guys have shaky hands. This movie is aimed at bible-thumpers, and I don't think a lot of them are aware of the symptoms of kuru.
In summary, the entire movie is a deus ex machina.
Why doesn't the dude die when he gets shot in the goddamned stomach? BECAUSE GOD WANTS HIM TO LIVE.
Why does the blind guy have perfect aim, perfect depth perception, and for all practical purposes seems to have superhuman eyesight? BECAUSE OF GOD.
They don't really need to explain ANYTHING, you know, when they've got GOD.
The most baffling thing of all was, to me...
If they have the Torah, WHY OH WHY do they need this blind guy to recite the entire Old Testament from memory?! One could argue that only he knows the King James version... but really, it can't be that different. Not enough to put a disabled brotha through all that trouble.
Eh, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Gary Oldman was good, and the short scene was Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour was enjoyable. I was just so disappointed it was too busy to go see Shutter Island...