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At Theaters: 10/3/2008 On Video: 2/10/2009
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 519992
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Julianne Moore NEXT, CHILDREN OF MEN, TRUST THE MAN, FREEDOMLAND
Mark Ruffalo RESERVATION ROAD, ZODIAC, ALL THE KING'S MEN
Danny Glover BE KIND REWIND, SHOOTER, DREAMGIRLS
Gael Garcia Bernal BABEL
Alice Braga REDBELT, I AM LEGEND
Director: Fernando Meirelles THE CONSTANT GARDENER
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About The Production
Flying Blind
The Doctor And His Wife
The Thief And The King Of Ward Three
The Production
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PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 9 S-words, 1 GD, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex/rape with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, rape.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Roger Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 13 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
Low
0%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Very Low
0%
30+Adults (M)
3
Very Low
0%
30+Adults (F)
3
Very Low
0%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

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!

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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