Blindness (18)

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Tue Nov 18 2008

Despite its evident honesty, horrific visceral impact and its emergent moral and political idealism, this adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago’s eponymous allegorical novel must be considered a misfire from Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director of ‘City of God’ and ‘The Constant Gardener’.

Of a mixed North and Latin American cast, Julianne Moore (right) and Mark Ruffalo play the leads, as an opthalmologist and his wife who are first on the scene when an unexplained pandemic of blindness breaks out in an unnamed (but New York-evocative) metropolis. Meirelles initially mounts the film as a generic apocalyptic thriller – distant shots of traffic chaos as another victim is blinded –  before modulating into, briefly, disease-of-the-week investigation and more extensively pressure-cooker horror as the stricken are imprisoned together by jack-booted soldiers and start descending, ‘Lord of the Flies’-style, into internecine savagery among near ‘Salò’-levels of degradation.

How thin is the veneer of civilisation? That is the question here, with a supplementary query on the differing responses of men and women in the face of moral panic and necessary sacrifice.
As most of us already know the answers to both, all we’re left with is the spectacle – one of fumbling men and women reduced to foetal positions or shooting at each other in the dark. Sadly, ‘Blindness’ may realise its director’s worst fear: to produce not only an exploitation B-movie but one, paradoxically, spoiled by its own integrity and misplaced ‘artistic’ mise-en-scène and intentions.
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18

UK release:

Fri Nov 21, 2008

Duration:

121 mins

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Art Schaub

This movie is so bad it enraged me! How Julianna Moore's character could watch what was happening and let it happen when it would have been so easy for her (the only one who could see) to thwart all the immoral intentions of the self appointed dictator of the ward was just, well, for lack of better expression (yet in this circumstance quite appropriate) RETARDED! Why do these good actors actually accept parts in these obviously atrocious movies ? The sad thing is this could have been a good movie but It was so predictably cynical and pessimistic - hey, and that is coming from someone who is constantly being accused of being a cynic ! I have way more faith in human kind under extreme circumstances than this film does. Wow, how utterly disappointed I am in this film. It's attempt to make up for all it's lame and predictable bleakness at the end just makes it that much worse. Pathetic.

neo

Worst movie I have ever wasted time on, d director & actors should all go blind! (pun intended)

Helen

All I can say is that the author must have a very warped idea about human nature if he seriously believes that we would disintegrate into such evil,cruel and dysfunctional beasts following such an event. Equally implausible was the manner in which the majority were so easily controlled by the minority of brutish men who had but a single gun at their disposal, especially as the only sighted person who had the only real advantage was on the 'good' team. Unrealistic and repulsive depiction of mankind when put to the test

Laura and grant

Oh my goodness me...... this is the truely WORST TERRIBLE PATHETIC excuse of a film.If your thinking of giving it a go we urge you not too..... its awful.

João S Melo

I saw the movie yesterday and i liked the first 3 minutes and the last 3. I am portuguese and i've tried to read saramago's books and his biggest mistake is that he assumes that 90% of the people in the world are evil and if they don't have police control they'll do the worst that they think of! that's not the world that I live in! Because if it was i'dd rather not live! But also Fernando Meireles(also in city of god, a great movie)produced scenes that are just sickening and perfectly avoidable! to be honest I didn't liked it. Not one bit.

Archy

Is this the worst film I've ever seen? Possibly, had I stayed to the end. At first it's occasionally unintentionally funny as the ludicrous plot unfolds, a candidate for a Golden Turkey Award if ever there was one. Then, as all the blind people descend into degeneracy, shit on the floor, indulge in rape etc it becomes merely sickening. Who ever penned this must have a view of people so low it doesn't bear thinking about. Utter bilge, of the worst kind - the kind that thinks it's saying something 'artistic'.

Tomás

I saw the film...and it's simply amazing...another master pice of Fernando Meireles...maybe the best!!!! I don't agree with the critic of Wally Hammond...It's a very solid movie that requires much of intelligence and sensibility to be fully understood...

Tomás

I saw the film...and it's simply amazing...another master pice of Fernando Meireles...maybe the best!!!! I don't agree with the critic of Wally Hammond...It's a very solid movie that requires much of intelligence and sensibility to be fully understood...