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Blindness

3.1 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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UPC:786936775129
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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  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: MIRAMAX
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LLH8SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blindness" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Perhaps its just me, but I've had a streak lately of movie rentals that have had amazing casts but the movie fell short in my opinion. The premise is simple and in itself quite terrifying since it's not completely "unreal" in asking the question..."What would the people of the world do if they all started going blind with nothing but death to look forward to. THAT is a truly frightening thought and as a human being - I've no idea what I'd do faced with a situation like this movie presents. I don't know if I'd have the courage to see it to the end or cut myself short and my loved ones with the idea of sparing everyone from the pain, suffering, and complete and utter despair of going blind only to die shortly after.

It's a tiny bit like the ending sequence of "The Mist" when the car runs out of gas and all inside the car are still surrounded by the mist and are "blind" to what is going on outside of their small space. The final decision in that situation is where I'm drawing a parallel to the movie I'm reviewing.

With that said - the movie itself and how the charctaers act or interact after the opening sequences is what leaves quite a lot to be desired for me overall. To each their own opinions obviously, but for me this is not high on my list of movies I can't wait to watch again.
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