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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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Let's see how I can review this without spoiling it...
It is not really a sci-fi movie. Not really a psychological thriller. Not a mystery, really. Love story? Um, no, not entirely and not in the way you think a love story should be. But it was good. Dark in some, ok a lot, of areas, and definitely not a kids movie. Some graphic violence, if that bothers you.
I guess if you want to see the writers depiction of how different individuals, and different groups, and society overall *may* react when forced to change their daily living/survival routines then you will enjoy this movie. It really is a bit of a roller coaster, emotionally, that ends on a not-too-low note.
Watch the reactions and expressions in the final scene, a couple of times if needed, to add some thought provoking depth to your experience. But you cannot jump to the end to experience it, you need to watch the whole movie to understand.
We liked it.
In a nutshell, the movie follows a group of folks who fall victim to a blindness epidemic and get thrown into an abandoned facility by the military to be quarantined. One of the women, the always excellent Julianne Moore, who is immune to the blindness pretends to be blind so she can accompany her husband, Mark Ruffalo. The majority of the movie is a harrowing tale of how a growing population of confined blind prisoners with no care-taking whatsoever with the exception of rations being provided survive in an adult "Lord of the Flies" situation.
To describe my issue, I need to put a "spoiler alert" disclaimer before I continue and it may dissuade some from watching given the graphic nature of a portion of the movie I describe.
When a nefarious faction in the "prison" begins to ruthlessly extort and rape the other groups in exchange for the rations that they control and horde, why does it take Moore's character so long to do anything about it. The main two characters played by Moore and Ruffalo have established that they are clearly intelligent and pragmatic as they keep their "faction" together and as civilized as possible, yet Moore's character rarely uses her ability "to see" to their advantage. How hard would it be to sneak in when the bad guys are sleeping and/or distracted before things get completely out of their control. She and the other women are repeatedly raped but it isn't until one of the women is killed during one of these episodes that she sneaks in and kills the ring-leader.
Sure, one of the baddies has been blind since birth giving him additional sensory abilities to detect sound, but having sight when everyone else is blind is almost a super-power that isn't used until very late. This is likely to increase the dramatic impact. It would have made much more sense and thus more dramatic if everybody was blind.
Beyond that it is an excellent twist on the apocalyptic drama.
The plot holes in this move detracted from the movie itself.
If you put dozens of people in an asylum to isolate them, why isn't there support for suddenly blinded people other than leaving boxes of food around? Why aren't there medical personnel in haz mat suits to supervise at least at first to take blood samples, check on patients and so forth?
If the disease is spread by touch, surely quarantine would control it faster than anything else?
In a world gone blind, the one who can see is in charge. Her constant deference to her cheating husband is counter-productive.
An so forth.