A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of ... See full summary »
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José Luis García Pérez,
A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Written by
Festival de Cannes' Editor
Producer Niv Fichman became interested in the project back in 1999 when he and Don McKellar, who would write the script, flew to the Canary Islands to talk to the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago about giving them the film rights to his book. One of Saramago's conditions was that the film must not be set in any recognizable countries. See more »
When the first blind man arrives home, he says he lives on the 14th floor. After his wife arrives you can see some trees through the kitchen window. Those trees should not be there. See more »
If there was a point to this movie, I completely missed it
I assume that "absolutely no point" won't be considered a spoiler. "Blindness" is essentially a 2 hour long "shaggy dog story". (See Wikipedia.)
Wasting 2 hours watching this steaming pile of junk should make me remember to check IMDb before watching a movie I never heard of. Sat there for 2 hours wondering "where is this going?", only to get to the end to find out that the answer is "nowhere." What I'd like to find out is where the program guide shown on TiVo came up with 2.5 stars (out of possible 4) for this. I hope that whoever green-lighted this movie has left the film industry.
This might have been tolerable as a half-hour short, but stretching it to 2 hours was inexcusable.
After further thought, it now occurs to me that maybe the point was to make the viewer suffer in order to have empathy for the characters. It succeeded at the suffering part. Yet it doesn't generate empathy for the characters. For an example of a downer concept done right, generating empathy for the characters, see the excellent "Testament" (1983).
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