|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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Good concept, poor executionBy Gkeaney (89 reviews) from London , 01 Mar 2010What would happen if the world slowly started going blind. I guess this may sound like a boring alternative to what would happen if the dead came to life and started eating people, but as far as an end of the world scenario goes, this was original and to start with seemed like it could be pretty good.
The film does well to show what implications this would have, very simply showing chaos on the roads, people freaking out if someone becomes infected near them. The answer is to quarantine the of course! From here we see the same old human behaviour in all of these films, some degenerate into animals and then a small few that give hope to humanity.
The acting is really poor I felt, the main story is flawed; Julianne Moore as you can read can see, and you may admire her decision to pretend to be blind to stay with her husband and so help all those who have been abandoned. However, this to me is selfish, for all she knows she is the key to the cure but decides to pretend to be blind.
If the story interests you, then the build up will be fairly good, after a short while it will get boring and you can't help but not really care about anyone in the film, and so stick on something like Dawn of the Dead.
Don't botherBy a customer from Southend , 28 Jan 2010This sounded like a great film, but was a total waste of time. Had the potential to be good. To violent, dragged on and on and totally crap ending
Grim but GoodBy Lugodoc (117 reviews) from Portsmouth, UK , 27 Jan 2010Arthouse, because it never quite gives the audience what the audience wants or expects, but instead it makes you uncomfortable by being believable. People only really ask questions and think when they are being made uncomfortable, so watch this one when you feel like using your brain.
gawdBy a customer from London , 21 Jan 2010poss the most depressing, horrible film i've ever seen, didn't really wanna finish it..
Really GoodBy a customer from Lichfield , 10 Jan 2010I really enjoyed this film. A good adaptation of a great novel. I think others that haven't enjoyed it so much maybe hadn't read the novel. Having read it, it's difficult to remain objective but maybe the film benefited from having prior knowledge of the story and characters. The more disturbing aspects of the book were watered down for the film, thankfully. An interesting film non the less.