Blindness

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Released 2008

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Director:
Fernando Meirelles
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Blindness is a 2008 apocalyptic thriller about a virus that causes blindness. Director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") uses an anonymous city and unnamed characters to create a bleak environment. Residents of a major metropolis begin experiencing sudden blindness. A doctor (Mark Ruffalo) treats a few of these patients but cannot understand the cause of the condition. He comes home to his wife (Julianne Moore) and then loses his own sight. In another part of town, a woman (Alice Braga) picks up a bartender (Gael Garc''a Bernal). After a romp in a hotel room, he leaves and she wakes up with no sight. Throughout the city, quarantine workers gather up the unlucky carriers and place them in a remote hospital ward. Curiously, the doctor's wife retains her sight, but she feigns blindness so that she can go with him. Once there, the bleak hospital quickly fills with every type of citizen, similarly struck blind. As time passes, food and other services stop coming. The guards and orderlies have seemingly disappeared, and the blind hospital residents begin to fight one another for survival.moreless

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Not a great film, mainly because it can't transcend -- and, indeed, lays bare -- the intellectual flimsiness of its source. But it is, nonetheless, full of examples of what good fi...

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Meirelles' slickly crafted drama rarely achieves the visceral force, tragic scope and human resonance of Saramago's prose.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What was presumably intended to play like a fable plays, instead, like an overly long car commercial crossed with a scare-mongering public service announcement.

Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal

Bartender/King of Ward Three

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Doctor

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Minister of Health

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Doctor's Wife

Alice Braga

Alice Braga

Woman with Dark Glasses

Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Man with Black Eye Patch

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Themes

Thrillers, Psychological