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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of 'white blindness.' Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where societal norms quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. Inside the hospital is one eyewitness to the nightmare. Following her husband into the hospital, a woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague goes into quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become like a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city. Their voyage is fraught with danger, but their survival is a reflection of the depth of the human spirit.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Films : [Distributed by] Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, [2011]
ISBN: 9786316031426
Branch Call Number: DVD BLIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 27, 2014

Near-future story in which a sudden pandemic of blindness strikes a large city and begins to spread rapidly. As the growing number of afflicted are crowded into makeshift isolation camps, martial law begins to degenerate into the law of the jungle. It isn't long before the veneer of civilization begins to erode and what is left behind is unpleasant indeed. As usual, Julianne Moore gives a convincing performance with her softly nuanced voice and patrician features. But even her presence cannot make up for some of the more ludicrous elements of the film. The way in which the blind are herded into a dormitory that becomes a feces-smeared pigsty overnight is completely unrealistic as is the “Lord of the Flies” subplot which emerges. In addition, a tidy little "inspirational" ending is further marred by a somewhat condescending voiceover, as if we needed help interpreting the movie for ourselves. One could argue that the film is actually a metaphor examining the many prejudices that separate us, the way developed countries view the third world for instance. Its story of an apocalyptic event and the aftermath that follows could also be seen as any one of a number of catastrophes that threaten social order whether they be a natural disaster or global economic collapse. But, as the final credits roll, you realize that “Blindness” is little more than a mainstream thriller with a hollow core.

Nov 16, 2013

I read the book and had hot & cold feelings about it. I actually liked the movie better — the medium lent itself to the story better. The film was still a bit long (though not nearly as much of a slog as the book), some of the acting was off (the first blind man was a huge weak link, and the King of the 3rd ward was way too goofy to have had the control he did)... but it was beautifully shot and intriguing.

love_my_library_card Sep 29, 2013

Interesting plot but much too long. I wonder if the ending is the same as in the book; it steers very close to a happy ending, which is a bit difficult to believe after 2 hours of endless ordeals. And speaking of endless, why does the King of Ward 3's revolver have a seemingly endless supply of bullets?

Aug 31, 2013

to fully understand this movie you have got to read the book first

Jun 07, 2013

In the Land of the Blind, if you can see you're King.

But instead the one woman who has sight leads other women to succumb to the sexual demands of the blind men???

May 22, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

Mar 13, 2013


CRMORENITO3 May 23, 2012

B + this movie is philosophical and interesting. The plot thickens but it can be a bit disturbing. It made me question myself and allowed me to appreciate the gift of Sight. Everyone should own or rent this movie.

Nov 16, 2011

Subject matter is dark and philosophically interesting - how do civilized people behave under extreme circumstances. But this movie is dull and boring.

agenesis Oct 11, 2011

A disturbing movie with lots of fascinating meaningful moments. Although my friend thought the plot was contrived ("She would never do that,") I think the movie did an excellent job of showing what a normal human might do under the given circumstances. As a woman I was moved (and horrified) by the plight of Julianne Moore's character. One comment described her as both a hero and a coward. But coward is not an appropriate description--she is a woman with a kind heart with a high tolerance for enduring when you see the culmination of her "leadership" (and the conflicting reaction to it), you may very well wonder if you would have done it her way...or the typical, angry & immediate Hollywood way where everyone makes life & death decisions without considering or even experiencing the normal consequences. I recommend this movie, but only if you are in a philosophical or "change the world" kind of mood.

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