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Blindness (2008)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  3 October 2008 (USA)
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Yûsuke Iseya ...
Jason Bermingham ...
Driver #1
Eduardo Semerjian ...
Concerned Pedestrian #1
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Thief
Ciça Meirelles ...
Driver #2
Antônio Fragoso ...
Concerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian Blanc ...
Concerned Pedestrian #3
Douglas Silva ...
Onlooker #1
Daniel Zettel ...
Onlooker #2
Yoshino Kimura ...
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Taxi Driver
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Fabiana Gugli ...
Mother of the Boy
Mitchell Nye ...
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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

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,950,260 (USA) (3 October 2008)

Gross:

$3,073,392 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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In a banquet address and press release in September 2008 Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said the organization "condemns and deplores" the movie and the novel it is based upon. He states that the book uses blindness as a "metaphor for all that is bad in human thought and action" while the characters' reactions their blindness are "one-dimensional", while he wrote that in the movie "blind people in this film are portrayed as incompetent, filthy, vicious, and depraved." Protests against the movie have been organized by the group. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Blind Man: I'm blind.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.114 (2009) See more »

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Sinfonia of the Cantata, BWV 156
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Débora Opolski
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Intense, slow, gritty, powerful and methodic
4 October 2008 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I expected an over-the-top action flick, a-la Mad Max style or I Am Legend style. This movie was much slower, much dirtier, and more real. It was more like the BOOK "I Am Legend." The point of the flick was the human element and not the action. It was great.

Having said that, I should have waited to rent it. The audience sitting around me was not intelligent enough to appreciate it -- nor intelligent enough to shut up during the movie. Their chattiness seemed to be born out of boredom. Shame.

I wondered how the movie would end. And at 2 hours long I had plenty of time to think about it. I could not guess it. Perhaps someone smarter, or who thinks in more obvious terms could have guessed it. But I was surprised by it. And it really leaves you thinking. That is, if you were thinking during the movie up to that point.

This movie is dirty to watch and will leave you feeling dirty. In a very adult, intelligent, thought-provoking manner. I write few reviews. This movie moved me to write a review.


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