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  • Summary: It begins in a flash, as one man is instantaneously struck blind while driving home from work, his whole world suddenly turned to an eerie, milky haze. One by one, each person he encounters – his wife, his doctor, even the seemingly good Samaritan who gives him a lift home – will in due course suffer the same unsettling fate. As the contagion spreads, and panic and paranoia set in across the city, newly blind victims of the “White Sickness” are rounded up and quarantined within a crumbling, abandoned mental asylum, where all semblance of ordinary life begins to break down. (Miramax Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Meirelles adds another perspective, that the epidemic might be a good thing if, by being thrown into the darkness together, we may once again recognize the human family to which we all belong.
  2. 75
    A perversely enjoyable, occasionally harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 disaster allegory.
  3. 63
    I kept hoping the meaning would click into place, but it never quite did.
  4. 50
    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 filmmaking looks like. For all its chin-rubbing, brow-furrowing attitudes, it does not, in the end, give you much to think about. But there is, nonetheless, a lot here to see.
  5. Murky and grainy, and showing human beings at their grimmest - thievery, rape, betrayal, murder - Blindness is no barrel of laughs. But it IS a barrel of pretentious metaphorical musings.
  6. 40
    An extended metaphor for the condition of man, and boy is it extended. In the course of two hours that crawl by like four and a half.
  7. 0
    This ends on an uplifting and philosophical note, equating moral blindness with the literal sort, which you'll probably appreciate if you haven't already slit your wrists.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 41
  2. Negative: 16 out of 41
  1. YuriC.
    Oct 1, 2008
    I love how he (the director) tells the history. Amazing.
  2. DudleiO.
    Oct 17, 2009
    Wonderful! I have both read the novel and watched the movie, and it's hard to say which one is better. You can feel the desperation the characters go through. In some scenes I felt breathless, such was the intensity of (both physical and moral) violence. And, as I left the movie theater, I honestly believed, for a few seconds, that everyone around me had gone blind. Such a powerful movie! Expand
  3. carlitod
    Sep 3, 2009
    This movie rocks! A must see. Beautifully shot and executed. a flawless piece of what will one day become cult cinema.
  4. Stephanies.
    May 31, 2009
    Michelle S, seriously? you obviously missed the point of the novel. if you even read the novel. the movie stayed true to the spirit of the book and i think anybody could appreciate that. Expand
  5. JonB.
    Oct 5, 2008
    Where to start... The theme behind the movie as previously mentioned is that one can only see the true nature of humanity if we are blind to race and appearance. This movie does a good job of showing that... But, I thought the movie was too long and I was really put off by the rape scenes. Expand
  6. DM
    Oct 4, 2008
    Please do not let reviews trick you into thinking this would be a good evening's entertainment. "Blindness" is painful to watch, fails to set its 'different world' city, has serious script continuity problems and seems to last five hours. While the big concept is extremely simplistic, the details and story are stuffed with too much. A shame, because the actors are quality. Don't bother. Expand
  7. Carol
    Oct 6, 2008
    One of the absolutely worst movies I've seen. I almost (and should have) walked out. No explanation for anything in a movie which debases everything and everyone. Expand

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