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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite a knockout performance by Julianne Moore, this intense and philosophically compelling allegorical disaster film is ultimately dreary and depressing.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "A Vision of Blindness" - Making of Blindness documentary; Deleted scenes.

CAST:
Julianne Moore ... Doctor's Wife
Mark Ruffalo ... Doctor
Alice Braga ... Woman w/Dark Glasses
Danny Glover ... Man w/Eye Patch
Gael García Bernal ... Ward King
Yusuke Iseya ... First Blind Man
Don McKellar ... Thief



Blindness
Adapted from the novel written by Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, the story follows an ophthalmologist (Mark Ruffalo "Zodiac") who treats a suddenly blind patient (Yusuke Iseya "The Suicide Song") and quickly loses his sight as well. His wife (Julianne Moore "Far from Heaven"), despite being able to see, tags along with her husband when he's sent to the soon to be overcrowded holding facility for the infected.

As food shipments grow scarcer, and the outside world seemingly abandons them, a man who dubs himself the King of Ward Three (Gael Garcia Bernal "Babel") and a blind accountant (Maury Chaiken "Dances with Wolves") become the leaders of the Ward which has been designated to dole out the rations supplied by the army. Possessions and eventually women are traded for meager portions and a constant line of nameless, hungry women begin to give themselves over to the men in exchange for food.

Director Fernando Meirelles ("The Constant Gardner"), makes the most of his camera, washing out the film's colors to emulate the "white" blindness, using quick cuts and all kinds of crazy camera angles both to convey the sense of growing madness in the hospital and emphasize the audience's gift of sight. Blindness doesn't quite reach the allegorical, accusatory heights he seems to be aiming for, but it does offer a chance for stark reflection. Despite a knockout performance by Julianne Moore, this intense and philosophically compelling allegorical disaster movie is ultimately rather dreary and depressing. 

 

Blindness with Julianne Moore: DVD Cover











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