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One by one as people encounter one another they become victims of the same unsettling fate. In due time the newly blind victims are rounded up and quarantined in an abandoned mental asylum. There is one woman who is not affected but has pretended she is blind in order to stay beside her beloved husband.
Drama - This is a long, slow, dark, talky drama. Those looking for clear
answers about its central concept of an epidemic of blindness and the
sole person with sight will be disappointed, as will those looking
for more traditional science fiction fare. Fans of Julianne Moore
may be pleased as this is a big showcase for her talents. Violent
and sexual content make this inappropriate for younger viewers.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average "Blindness" is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen. Not only is it despairing and sickening, it's ugly. Denatured, sometimes overexposed, sometimes too shadowy to see, it is an experiment to determine how much you can fool with a print before ending up with mud, intercut with brightly lit milk.
USA TodayFull Review Average Blindness is a brilliant idea that seems to lack the vision to be great. Based on Jos Saramago's award-winning allegorical novel, it features strong performances from Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal and begins with a powerful and disorienting sense of foreboding.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 13 moviegoers:
We were only able to collect 13 reviews so they aren't going to be real accurate. Fortunately, the reviews are fairly consistent - most didn't enjoy "Blindness." In fact, many hated it. It's rare to see so many "Terrible" reviews, especially when they make up such a large percentage of the total number of reviews. SKIP THIS MOVIE!
It begins in a flash, as one man is instantaneously struck blind while driving home from
work, his whole world suddenly turned to an eerie, milky haze. One by one, each person he
encounters – his wife, his doctor, even the seemingly good Samaritan who gives him a lift home –
will in due course suffer the same unsettling fate. As the contagion spreads, and panic and
paranoia set in across the city, the newly blind victims of the "White Sickness” are rounded up
and quarantined within a crumbling, abandoned mental asylum, where all semblance of ordinary
life begins to break down.
But inside the quarantined hospital, there is one secret eyewitness: one woman
(Julianne Moore) who has not been affected but has pretended
she is blind in order to stay beside her beloved husband (Mark Ruffalo). Armed with increasing
courage and the will to survive, she will lead a makeshift family of seven people on a journey,
through horror and love, depravity and beauty, warfare and wonder, to break out of the hospital
and into the devastated city where they may be the only hope left.
Their journey shines a light on both the dangerous fragility of society and the
exhilarating spirit of humanity.