When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.
José Saramago is one of my country's greatest achievements. He won one of our two Nobel prizes and, although many hate to study his work through high school, public opinion held him in very high regard until his death in 2010. So, when one of his books made it to Hollywood, it made an impact: news segments, articles, interviews, you name it. Being paired with Fernando Meirelles, a brazilian director, made it all even more special. Together, they gave us Blindness.
In a day just like any other, a man inexplicably goes blind in the middle of traffic. The following days more and more people lose their eyesight, and…
Its rare that a movie improves upon a piece of literature. Fernando Meirelles' (dir. City of God, The Constant Gardener) adaptation does just that. Before the Nobel Prize winning author, José Saramago died, he saw the film version of his book and cried with satisfaction. See here: bit.ly/13ymYR
This movie gets a bad rap, which is understandable. There are scenes of great agony and distress that are not very pleasant (obviously these moments are not meant to be). But there's also scenes of great hope and beauty that transcend said tragedies and reminds the viewer what Blindness is all about. Enlightenment, vision, holiness...and it may very well be a propaganda film for the Christian faith. Which, despite not being uber-religious, I admired.
I've been a fan of this movie for a couple years now. It's symbolism is so embedded in its production design - the lighting, the editing, and direction. The constant use of focus, color, blurriness, and shaky cam puts you right into the mythos - good…
Fernando Meirelles again delivers a quality piece of filmmaking with Blindness, his Canadian thriller. This is essentially a horror film by any other name. People are suddenly struck down by blindness, all except Julianne Moore who pretends to be afflicted so she can take care of her husband in an old hospital where they are quarantined. It's not long before factions develop and this micro-society breaks down into chaos and violence. Much darker and more brutal than I'd expected, this is a powerful piece of work. Great cast and a great adaptation by Don McKellar (Last Night).
What a surprising little film. I was watching Batman Begins on TV and as it finished, this came on after it. I watched it for 10 minutes as I was getting ready for bed, and about an hour later I thought 'Fuck it I can't turn this off now'.
There are scenes of complete horror, in a way that reminded me of Xavier Gen's 'The Divide'. It depicts humanity at its absolute worst. Then there are scenes of joy, in seeing people work together to overcome their hardships, and become almost a family despite everything they have to deal with. The performances are mostly fantastic, with Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore nailing it as the main couple. Moore in particular…
Majority of it takes place in a quarantine center after a worldwide epidemic of blindness happens. Pretty dark, hard to watch at times but I liked how it was filmed and it's interesting. Good stuff.
Movie #19 in The December Project 2013
Blindness, the movie based by the book Ensaio Sobre A Cegueira by José Saramago. I'm portuguese and so is the original book, so this movie was highly debated around here when it came out. I didn't really care about cinema at that time so I'm just now checking it out. I wanted to check out the book first but I couldn't help myself.
Blindness describes a world where suddenly, from one day to the other, people start getting blind, but unlike usual blindness, all they see is white. The government thinks it's an infection you get by being around other people so they decide to look everyone with the same symptoms. The only…
Interesting idea about a virus that causes blindness, and breakdown of social order. I didn't really like it.
One of the hardest films to watch, ever. Very good.
A gripping & beautifully shot sociological study about the point where morality is thrown out the window in the face of fear.
Based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Jose Saramango, the 61st Cannes International Film Festival opener BLINDNESS is a bold and compelling fable about a world thrust into panic when an epidemic of mysterious blindness breaks out. Diected by acclaimed fimmaker Fernando Meirelles City of God, The Constant Gardner, the film boasts a stellar cast of international talent including Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Apparently going blind makes you forget how to use a toilet and poop all over the floor/walls/people instead.
A+ Fun for the whole family.