Land of the Blind Image
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  • Summary: A political thriller about an idealistic soldier (Fiennes) who strikes up an illicit friendship with a political prisoner (Sutherland).
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. There's nothing particularly revolutionary about writer-director Robert Edwards' grimly satiric political fable.
  2. The dialogue creaks, all the more so since we know better than it does what it is going to say.
  3. It's an easy movie to loathe, but it's designed imaginatively and enjoys the committed attention of its cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    Though Fiennes has done (far) better work, the blurry story seems almost profound when seen through his eyes. To the extent the movie works at all, it works best when it's just the camera and Fiennes in a bleak white room.
  5. Dark, grim, and cliched Orwellian satire.
  6. 38
    First-time writer-director Robert Edwards is nothing if not ambitious, attempting to encapsulate the history of totalitarian oppression and misguided revolutionary zeal into a broad, blunt, black comedy.
  7. Mr. Edwards, who wrote and directed Land of the Blind (it's his debut film), might counter that the movie is a Brechtian comedy that's not supposed to make literal sense: the big picture is what matters. But the big picture is a mess.

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  1. Chuck
    May 9, 2007
    9
    This movie has been unfairly downgraded. I can't quite give it a 10 but it's a solid 9: a nasty dystopian fantasy somewhat like This movie has been unfairly downgraded. I can't quite give it a 10 but it's a solid 9: a nasty dystopian fantasy somewhat like Gilliam's Brazil but much more willing to twist the knife. Sutherland is perfect in his role and Fiennes isn't far behind. I strongly disagree with the critics on this one. Collapse