Friday, December 11, 2009


With a film like Blindness, the genre of dramatic catastrophe is far to be exhausted. In technical terms, director Fernando Meirelles's adaptation of the acclaimed novel of José Saramago deserves two thumbs up. However, although Blindness is itself a quite enthralling roller coaster, there's just a minor problem in the script by Don McKellar.

In an unknown metropolis, a man is struck with blindness. The optician (Mark Ruffalo) that he saw tells him that this kind of blindness is unusual. However, most people in the society becomes blind except the optician's wife (Julianne Moore). Despite being okay, she pretends to be blind and decides to follow her husband in a quarantine building under military surveillance from outside. Once there, the internees are left to their own device and the building is divided into three wards.

Things go awry in the building. In fact, a man (Gael Garcial Bernal) declares himself the king of the third ward. This will lead him and his mates to take over the food store since he's got hold of a handgun. Besides, they distribute foods to the other two wards in exchange for jewelry and, afterwards, sex. Since she's fed up with the situation, the optician's wife decides to take matters in her hands.

Obviously, as many have observed, Blindness had everything to be superb. The film has an incredibly competent cast who can play either characters that we care for (those interned in the first ward) or we just hate (those in the third ward). With a social resonance slightly reminding Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, Blindness wonderfully - yet disgustingly for the film's sake - shows that catastrophe either gets one's inner wolf out of the woods or their good conscience.

No one will certainly complain since the cinematography and the editing brilliantly captures the catastrophe. However, despite being interesting and entertaining, the script is excruciatingly long. In fact, in the film's last quarter, we feel that Blindness got to its point. As a matter of fact, the ending, which is a little bit weird, certainly didn't need to be overstretched.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:Canada/Brazil/Japan (2008)
Length:120 minutes
Screenplay:Don McKellar
Director:Fernando Mireilles
Starring:Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga and Danny Glover

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