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. “Blindness,” starring Academy Award®-nominee Julianne Moore, Gael García Bernal, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Oh and Danny Glover, is a psychological thriller about the fragility of mankind. Adapted from Nobel Laureate José Saramago’s masterwork, the film is directed by Academy Award®-nominee Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) from a screenplay by Tony Award-winner Don McKellar (“The Drowsy Chaperone”).
Depressing. Dark. Bleak. These are the words that came to my mind while watching this film. The viewer learns the plot is about a man who is infected by an unusual and sudden blindness, a “white” light blindness. It spreads rapidly to other victims. Soon a large group has to be quarantined and the swelling number of them are divided into wards. When one man rebels and claims himself to be the “king of the wards”, a total collapse takes place in the community, with severe results.
Soon the leader has the other wards grubbing for all the jewelry they can find to hand over, or he will not allow them to have food. He demands their women to satisfy the sexual hunger of himself and his cohorts. Some volunteer so everyone doesn’t go hungry. The psyche of people is closely examined in this film as one man, who was previously faithful to his wife, has a one-time affair with a fellow woman patient. Soon there are gunshots, threats, and total chaos as the situation rapidly escalates downwards.
This film misses being considered a family film in five out of six categories. Only in the drugs rating did it hit a level two instead of a level three. Any time one of our reviewed films hits a level three in any content listing such as sex, language, violence, drugs, nudity or our other category, it cannot receive the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. This film hit a level five in four out of six categories, and it hit a level three in the “other” section.
Someone in the film has a crisis regarding his/her faith, as there is a scene in the church in which the viewer sees a crucifix of Christ on the cross, with a blindfold having been placed on his eyes. Did the filmmaker want to suggest that God closes His eyes to the suffering in this world? One can only speculate.
A fellow reviewer who saw this film said he felt as if he had been through a meat grinder after seeing it. At any rate, I was happy to see the lights come on when this film was finally over. It was difficult sitting through the entire thing. We cannot come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this dark and dismal movie.