|Starring:||Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Danny Glover, Gael Garcia Bernal|
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||30 Mar 2009|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A mysterious epidemic of blindness threatens the world in the latest from Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles
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Be wary of kind reviews of this film...By Possfimh (4 reviews) from Balham , 07 Nov 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]I found the irony of wanting to claw my eyes out more entertaining that any aspect of this bland insight into human nature. It was alarming that such an exceptionally talented cast could be such a chore to watch, what went wrong?
The story is nothing special but the promise a high concept 'scifi' thriller really begged you to stay in your seat. Once the first act comes to a monotonous and predictable close you find yourself in familiar TV movie territory, 'lord of the flies' morality frothing to the surface so early that by the time you get half way through you can only wonder how long it will vacantly stare out before the end finally inches away from the horizon.
The film does do a few things well. Its sells the possibility of a 'blind' outbreak with some great photography and set dressing. It tackles the solitude of blindness very well and the washed out color palette is a bold visual throughout. But the plot is really overwhelmingly bad and it tramples on everything like a dirty hoof and nothing except mace can help you forget the pain you made yourself suffer for two hours.
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I can see!By Leemanchee (12 reviews) from Tamworth , 01 Apr 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI can see the error of my ways, of renting this title. The premise was good, but the film never actually went anywhere. It especially didn't go anywhere unexpected. Because this movie is based on a book, like many others, it skims over the details giving only the moments of key action.
It's a little cringe worthy in parts with random blind folk stumbling aimless through their own filth, but other than that, it's what you expect.
The one thing that really bugged me, which is what made me think it was based on a book before I knew, was the end. It simply just does that as people can see again, without a the slightest mention of the hows and whys. That and the fact the main character played by Julian Moore, is the only person not effected.
I have the book to read, as I think it might actually be worth the effort, unfortunately the movie isn't.
Interesting ideas, patchy treatmentBy carolwhite (1 review) from Brighton , 29 Mar 2010As a huge Julianne Moore fan, I'll watch anything she acts in. But whilst she's good in everything she's in, not everything she's in is good.
Blindness does manage to explore the possibilities of the situation coherently and intelligently *at times*, but this is undermined by frequent lapses into overly long, drawn out sequences (that in one instance bordered on disturbingly gratuitous), against other areas left disappointingly unexplored, and infuriatingly obvious failures in reasoning which left me shouting at the screen in frustration.
If you're interested in the premise, then there is enough in Blindness worth seeing for your own thought provocation. Just don't expect a particularly smooth journey.
Blindness 2008By a customer from Warrington , 25 Mar 2010Don't watch this if your feeling low,so depressing.
Thought it was going to be a sci-fi type film,not to be!
Blindness - wish I'd read the book firstBy a customer from Cambs , 18 Mar 2010This was actually a pretty good film. I'd read the blurb before renting and thought it sounded good, but was a little put off by the poor reviews from other viewers. However, I was not disappointed at all by the film. If you like films which make you think, and leave you thinking then watch this. Julianne Moore is exceptional (as in most of her films), and the supporting cast are also pretty good. My only gripe is that I wish I'd have read the book first, as I'm sure it would be a belter.
Lord Of The Flies meets 28 Days LaterBy benmoleskin (1 review) from Brighton , 16 Mar 2010This is one of those films which tends to polarise both professional and amateur reviewers alike.
Personally once over the initial 'why' ,'for what reason' etc I always tend to ask when watching films, I thought that it approached how fickle human nature can be in situations of stress, or disaster. Lord Of The Flies came to mind instantly.
If you want an action/sci-fi film, disaster flick or pure gore, don't watch this film - although it does contain it's fair share of flesh and guts.
If a psychological, emotionally touching and somewhat disturbing account of human interaction and basic instincts of survival while trying to maintain some kind of morality (on a background of the above) floats your boat, go ahead.