When talking about favorite movie, there are plenty on the list. But this quote just seems to stand out. Walk by Faith, Not by Sight. When you’ve watched Book of Eli you’ll know what I mean.In speaking of movies, I don’t watch one if my husband won’t say, “This is a nice movie, Ma. Let’s watch!” And he had watched this movie many times already. He’s an avid fan of Denzel Washington, in fact, he has a collection of this actor’s films. So, I will share a summarized synopsis of this which I have searched mostly from movie reviews…
The film opens in ash-filled woods. A corpse lies rotting on the ground and a malnourished hairless cat climbs over it and begins nibbling at its feet. Nearby a figure in an NBC combat suit lies in wait. An arrow shoots into the cat, killing it instantly. Eli (Denzel Washington) walks over to the cat, plucks out the arrow and bags it for dinner.
In a violent post-apocalyptic society of 2043, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli’s impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. He even teach her how to pray the Our Father. The girl sees Eli’s book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Then she formed her fingers into a sign of a cross. Carnegie is happy for he finally found the book! Solara’s mother asks her to go with Eli because of security reasons. Solara walks and catches Eli. She even asks, how Eli went through all those walking. Eli answers, “I walk by faith. Not by Sight.”
Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book, they must first take his life. But Carnegie was successful of taking the book but its book flap was locked. He calls the Engineer in to unlock the book and once it’s unlocked they see that it is a Bible and it is in Braille.
Solara finds Eli wounded and still walking west. She puts him in the car and he treats the gun shot wound with duct tape. She apologizes for losing Eli’s book but Eli responds that it’s time he put the lessons he learned to use: to do more for others than you do for yourself. They drive to the remnants of the Golden Gate Bridge and finds a row boat and heads toward Alcatraz Island. Fatigue and weakness overtake him, so Solara takes over. An armed guard calls out to the pair and Eli responds that he has in his possession a King James Bible. The guard lets him in.
Eli is taken to Lombardi (Malcolm McDowell), the curator of Alcatraz, who has been gathering all the remnants of pre-war civilization, such as books, music, and art, and storing them in the cells until they are ready to rebuild and re-establish society. Lombardi tells Eli that they have been missing a copy of the Bible, so Eli tells him to get a lot of paper and pen. He starts to recite the Bible word for word, having memorized it over the last 30 years.
Eli eventually dies from his gunshot wound but completes his task. In a voiceover he utters one last prayer for Solara and the world before he dies. He is buried in Alcatraz’s courtyard garden. Lombardi places a newly typeset and bound copy of the Bible on a bookshelf in a massive library, where a place has been saved specifically for it. Solara pays her respects, takes Eli’s machete and iPod and leaves Alcatraz, walking down the open road.
The Book of Eli is a strong story about a God-fearing man determined to obey the will of the Lord. However, The Book of Eli appears to be violent. But beyond the bloody scenes and foul language, audiences will discover a compelling story filled with more biblical references and Christian thoughts.
Oscar winner Denzel Washington, a professing Christian, was initially intrigued by the journey his character, Eli, is on as he seeks to fulfill the important mission God gave him. In a world where lawlessness prevails, Eli must protect that which brings order out of chaos, the one hope humanity has – a King James Bible.
After watching, here is our conversation:
Me: Wow! Who could have thought a blind man can do all that?!
Husband: What?! Blind?!
Me: Yes, blind. I thought you‘ve watched this movie many times already. Then how come you didn’t realized that?
I realized that Eli is blind when he said the quote Walk by Faith, Not by Sight; when I saw his eyes at the last part of the movie which is the only scene with his eyewear off, and when I found out that the Book he’s protecting is written in Braille.
My husband didn’t recognized all of them for he was too overwhelmed with the action scenes of his best actor.
By the way, this quote is also one of the lines of my favorite Christian song, One Way. We always sing this during our YFC (Youth for Christ) days.
One way, Jesus
You’re the only one that I could live for
You are the way, the truth and the life,
We live by faith and not by sight
We live it all for you.
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