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Blindness (2008)

Maury Chaykin , Danny Glover , Fernando Meirelles  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maury Chaykin, Danny Glover, Julianne Moore, Don McKellar, Sandra Oh
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MIRAMAX
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LLH8SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blindness" on IMDb

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DESCRIPTION: A doctor's wife becomes the only person with the ability to see in a town where everyone is struck with a mysterious case of sudden blindness. She feigns illness in order to take care of her husband as her surrounding community breaks down into chaos and disorder. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago.

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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie! October 31, 2009
Wow, why does this have such a low rating on IMDB and why does so many people hate it? The only answer that I can come up with is that most of the people that hate it are teens that don't know the meaning of "plot hole". There's no plot hole in this movie. The fact that there's no explanation why people become blind is not a plot hole, it's just not an important detail. Saying that it's plot hole is just like saying that the fact there's no explanation why people become zombies in Dawn Of The Dead is a plot hole. It's not a plot hole, it's just not what the movie is about. It was intentionally not explained. Anyway, it's an awesome movie! It's not only entertaining, it's also sad, disturbing, powerful and I could go on and on and on! I'm pretty sure that it's the only movie that made me go from sad to disturbed to happy and to sad again!

Short review, I know, but I'm just not good at writting reviews. I just hope that it's atleast slightly helpful.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blind Bud July 29, 2009
By Vaun I.
It is easy to understand why this film received such terrible reviews. "Blindness" is a very difficult film to swallow; it's largely unpleasant, cynical and even disgusting. But is this portrayal of humanity farfetched, a sloppy exaggeration of human beings' capacity for baseness? One need only look back in history to find the answer. In short, this is not a film which you emerge from feeling "warm and squishy", although if one makes it through the end that -may- be possible.

Many of the criticisms are aimed at the lack of plot development. But this would be like calling "The Ring" a terrible movie on the basis of its inadequacy in explaining how a girl can walk out of a television set. Or claiming that "Mrs. Doubtfire" was awful because Robin Williams' accent was actually Scottish and not English. There are films that are intended to petrify and others which amuse; the purpose of "Blindness" is neither. It is not a well-defined plot which drives this movie, but rather thematic elements and experimental imagery. With that in mind the cause of and solution to this epidemic blindness, the explanation behind the Doctor's Wife's immunity and answers to similar questions become irrelevant.

The realism of this film also comes into question, when it pertains to mass hysteria. The likelihood of these particular events seems as questionable as if nearly everyone adopted a code of altruism with the knowledge that blindness is now a highly contagious epidemic with no foreseeable cure. The sudden removal of sight does not promote calm. Which doctors and scientists would offer to conduct tests on the quarantined knowing that they could very well lose their sight as well and end up joining them?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow down; let us feel something January 30, 2012
The film begins with close-ups of red and green stoplights that evoke the human retina interspersed with unfocused and above-shots of traffic, forcing us to consider the theme of vision immediately, in the first few frames. Likewise, the shorts of the intersection remind us of the retina. Soon, we realize, the image has been somehow filtered, and seems to allow only shades of red and green, making the viewer effectively blind. Soon after, as in the award-winning novel by Jose Saramago, the first mysterious case of blindness occurs.

Fernando Meirelles, a brilliant director whose other films include the tremendous _City of God_, is not without a vision for this film. By establishing a mood that alternates between the claustrophobic and agoraphobic, he attempts to capture the sense of blindness which Saramago pulls off on the page so expertly, but which is difficult to pull off on screen. Meirelles is sensitive to the challenge that faces him, and he approaches the task admirably and smartly. His film is an adaptation, not an appropriation, and he pays due homage to his source material. What works in-text sometimes does not work on-screen, as any great director knows, but any attempt to improve on Saramago would seem egotistical. Meirelles knows this, and he makes every noble attempt to faithfully adapt Saramago's work to the screen.

The trouble is, everything happens so fast that we have little time to absorb it all. Characters speak, act, and move on, and we have little time to dwell on their emotions. When the woman suffers and dies after giving herself over to the enemy, we are provided with a sense of injustice, but are left with little sorrow.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and masterful July 31, 2009
The Bottom Line:

Director Fernando Meirelles and his screenwriter Don McKellar actually improve on the source novel with this excellent and intelligent film that expertly portrays what Saramagos' "white blindness" might do to society and enlarges upon the allegorical themes of the book; inexplicably reviled by most critics and a film that some seem to find sordid, Blindness was one of the best and most thought-provoking movies of 2008.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A difficult film to make, and a good one. July 26, 2009
The main problem with making a movie from this book is that the entire all-enveloping theme is that you remove yourself from the world of sight and find out how people and life are at their core, especially in an unexpected and horrific situation. This can be a little distracting when you're simply sitting and staring at it with your own presumably intact sight. Alot of impact of the metaphor and "symbolism" (if you can call it that without images?) delivered by Saramago's book relies on the fact that the characters can't see each other. For example, they introduce themselves by their jobs because their names are meaningless without faces to represent them. You can forget nuances like this while looking at the faces of the actors and assigning them identity as soon as they enter a scene.

Alot of the criticism obviously sprouts from a misunderstanding of the story. Why did the movie end this way? Because the book did. Why didn't they explain the blindness? Because it was written specifically to get you to focus on themes underscoring the surface plot and events. Why this, why that? The book, the book, the book. If anything, the director should be applauded for developing such a worthy shooting style and choosing scenes which were worthy efforts towards reimagining emotions and notions from the book. The colors were bland and washed out, the scenes were bare with very little musical score to speak of... all, if you were really paying attention, purposely brought about the same sense of desolation in the viewer that the characters must have been feeling. I'm sorry this wasn't a Sci-Fi Hollywood thrill ride, but it really shouldn't be and wasn't meant to be. Shame on you for suggesting such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blindness is Not Dark, Pure Gleaming White of Truth
Blindness is not dark, it is pure gleaming white in a dissolving world. We have all experienced plague-sci-fi themes but this movie is handled in the most interpersonal and inter... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Photonsnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
NOT your typical disaster film... or your typical dystopia, or Armageddon, or horror film. Intense and suspenseful beginning to end with a stellar cast, great writing and even... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Chambers
3.0 out of 5 stars average movie
I like the concept of the plague movie, but their performances feel flat.
The plot holes in this move detracted from the movie itself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Wilhite
3.0 out of 5 stars Blindness
I had read the book, so was able to fill in the gaps of the movie, but felt the movie was a bit lacking in flow. Overall, the actors were pretty good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one redeeming factor to this movie.
I love Julianne Moore and when my husband said he thought I should see this movie I was okay with the idea though it didn't feel like my kind of movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NanaEeyore
1.0 out of 5 stars frustratingly stupid
One of the most frustratingly stupid films I have seen in a long time... I won't even go into all the plot holes here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Max
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless, pointless, it does not explain why it happened.
I though this was going to be a good movie. I was disappointed. It portraits the blind as unable to do on their own.
Published 3 months ago by JoelVet
3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Raw didn't Equate to Being Good
From the apocalyptic genre is the movie Blindness. Much like any movie depicting a geological catastrophe or, as in this case, a biological catastrophe, mankind quickly slipped... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rasheed Abdullah
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork of human ugliness
If you have a brain in your head and enjoy more than just a syrupy Hollywood film rife with explanations so that your conscience can feel good at the end, don't be swayed by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David M. Rossi
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected.....
This quiet film threw me for a loop. Yes, it's horrifying and parts will definitely turn your stomach, but overall what you get is a woman devoted to her husband and desperate to... Read more
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