Movie Review: Blindness

Movie Review: Blindness

Summary: The world is struck with an outbreak of blindness and Julianne Moore is one of the few people who still have the gift of sight.

Published October 3, 2008

blindnessSummary : The world is struck with an outbreak of blindness and Julianne Moore is one of the few people who still have the gift of sight. Therefore, Moore must lead the blind and battle the corrupt few who are trying to take advantage of the honorable.

Review : At first thought, Blindness seems like an interesting plot for a movie. Actually, the first thirty minutes of Blindness is deeply engaging. One man is struck with blindness and the disease spreads, confusing millions and resulting in complete chaos. The viewer feels the uneasiness, desperation and confusion, playing on everyone's hypochondriac fears. However, once those thirty minutes ends, Blindness becomes incredibly bleak in its failing quest to be artsy and deep.

Blindness requires a huge amount of poetic license to explain bizarre reactions like the response from the government, Julianne Moore 's weak character (you would think she would be stronger considering she is the only one who can see!) and the "revolts." No one has chemistry, charisma, or enough vigor to care about the blind characters.

Most of the acting is strong, especially from Danny Glover .  Glover is redemptive in the struggling plot as the old sage (who manages to land a hot younger gal!) but his delivery felt so strategically placed.  Nonetheless, you can't expect anything but excellence from Glover, who is a four-time Emmy nominee and five-time Image Award winner.

Furthermore, in the effort to translate Blindness to the audience, each scene feels like you are swimming in milk. This is surprising considering the director, Fernando Meirelles , is the one who did the brilliant City of God . Blindness is the type of film that is trying to come off as organic and artsy, but feels too contrived.

Blindness is a humdrum bore that starts off strong but ends with a yawn.

Grade : D

Written by Clay Cane

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