Blindness

2008

Action / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

66
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 64526

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Cast

Julianne Moore as Doctor's Wife
Mark Ruffalo as Doctor
Sandra Oh as Minister of Health
Alice Braga as Woman with Dark Glasses
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Quebec_Dragon 7 / 10

Decent adaptation that's just not as powerful as the book

I adored the book, it was both powerful and thought-provoking. The adaptation is fairly decent but I just didn't like it as much. It was gritty, well filmed but I expected more, way more. The movie felt somewhat censored to me for lack of a better term. I do give credit to the director for the clever way his characters go blind and his plays on light. The plot is interesting and mysterious making you wonder what is happening and how you would react to certain situations. Julianne Moore gave a restrained quality performance and the rest of the international cast was OK but not outstanding. I think it's another case where I should have watched the film before reading the book.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Reviewed by ratari 1 / 10

Look elsewhere.

Good actors, dull movie. It starts off interesting and decays into a dull morbid, depressing and unrealistic B movie. Makes about as much sense as "Killer Clowns From Outer Space", at least that had some humor in it. It's "Lord of the Flies" goes blind. And it doesn't get a sight better.

Reviewed by lauragabrielapires 10 / 10

A brilliant adaptation

Blindness (2008), directed by Fernando Meirelles, is an adaptation of José Saramago's novel Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira that tells the story of a society that falls victim to a sudden surge of blindness. The film is an extraordinary adaptation. It pictures a lot of the details of the book, such as places and scenes that are fundamental to the plot.

The where and when the story happens is not mentioned and to express this idea in the film the director made a great choice by mixing elements of various nationalities. The language used is English, but the license plates look similar to Brazilian plates, the images of the city are taken from cities from different countries and the cast is really diverse. Also, none of the characters has a name, and fortunately this wasn't modified in the movie. As a great fan of the novel, these were the first details that I was expecting to see because they create the perfect atmosphere to the plot.

Speaking of plot, just a few things were changed and it didn't bring any harm to the original story. While I was watching, I started to remember certain scenes from the novel and I was trying to imagine how these scenes would be portrayed in the film. I wasn't disappointed at all. Of course some parts were left out, but it wasn't a great loss, they were well adapted to be shorter than the novel. I've seen some negative reviews talking about how the film can cause a bad feeling to the audience, but I can't see how this is a bad thing, because that is exactly the purpose of the whole story. It is to cause discomfort, to show the reality we could live. The graphic scenes can be too strong to the more sensitive but they were unavoidable.

All I can say is that Blindness is a well made adaptation that doesn't disappoint those who read the novel. The direction is brilliant, the actors are great and the story is told in full. Even if you didn't read the novel, it is a great way to meet José Saramago's brilliant work.

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