Blindness (2008)

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Miramax || R - 121 minutes - $29.99 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer(s):
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo


Theatrical Release Date: October 3, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • A Vision of Blindess
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Thereís normally a routine that movies go through in order to be successful. First, it helps to have a successful cast that can act throughout the movie. Second, a great and enticing story that keeps the viewers glued to the screen wondering whatís going to happen next. Then thereís like ten other things that need to be in a movie for it to work, but Iím lazy and donít feel like typing them all out. In case youíre wondering, Blindness is missing everything.

Also, most of the characters in the film donít have names, theyíre just known by numbers or what they do as an occupation.

Any who, so the first blind man (Yusuke Iseya) is driving his car one day and loses his sight. He returns home to his wife and after a fewÖ intimate moments, they decide to go to the eye doctor, known as Doctor (Mark Ruffalo) who canít diagnose whatís going with the man. He lets him go, but gives him directions for the hospital. Not to the hospital, but for the hospitalís residents to take care of him properly. Thereís a small joke in the film about what I just said, and itís as lame as it sounds.

So the doctorís wife, known as Doctorís Wife (Julianne Moore), meet at home together only to find out that her husband has contracted the same disease. They go to the hospital only to be sent to some ward where everyone who has the disease is being contained. Thereís a few scenes in between, but nothing really important.

So theyíre in this sealed ward where if they try to leave they are threatened by two guards, named Guard #1 and Guard #2, with assault rifles and a mean attitude. So there are roughly thirty people at first in the ward after only a few days, all with the same sickness of being blind, except of course the Doctorís Wife, who is somehow immune to it.

Thereís a whole bunch of plot holes that I could delve into about twenty minutes into the movie, but for getting this review done, Iím choosing not to and moving on.

But trouble brews in the wards when a Bartender (Gael Garcia Bernal) enters the ward and doesnít enjoy the whole quarantine or rationing of food from the marines outside. He chooses to take control of the entire facility with a gun and takes the rations for himself and his ward, aptly named ward three, and cause hell for the rest of the families living there. For those who care, thereís probably about one hundred in this tiny facility who are all blind.

So no oneís bothered to notice that Doctorís Wife isnít blind and doesnít have the sickness, apparently there wasnít a very good screening process to see if you had the disease (No pun intended, well okay, a little) and no one really cares either. Sheís the main reason why the people in the wards have a system for getting around, which ends up getting torn apart by ward three.

The rest of the drag of the film deals with the fights between ward three and the rest of the wards and the eventual leaving of the facility.

Now you might be asking yourself, surely this movie has a great ending? Surely the disease gets explained at some point? Finally, Iím positive that thereís some sort of message to the world thatís contained in this flick? No, no, and sort of. Thereís too many plot holes in this film that a tow-truck could drive through, the characters are yawn, and itís easily thirty-plus minutes too long.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

ďA Vision Of BlindnessĒ (55 minutes): Comprising of multiple features, which ranges from seeing shots of the movie happen to how the cast trained to be blind. A few of these are interesting, but only if youíve got the free time as this is a rather long feature and doesnít really amount to much. It is all obvious stuff, like how they walked around with blindfolds or practiced scenes to get a feel for them.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): A collection of scenes that range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. Once again nothing really here of value as the scenes that didnít make it into the movie donít add much to the story overall.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

If the film looked this awful on DVD as it did in theaters, I would have walked out. The picture is full of problems ranging from color issues to major contrast issues to a weird tint issue that plagues the entire movie. First, colors are off to a major degree. Flesh tones appear lighter or darker than they should be, and colors appear washed out for the two hour film. Contrast also has its problems in the ward scenes. Finally, thereís a weird bluish tint or green tint that is present through most of the film. Itís distracting, to say the least.

The audio side is as bad as well. At several points in the film I couldnít understand what the cast was saying, particularly in the ward scenes at night time. I already had the volume cranked up, and after I cranked it up and re-watched the scene I could still barely understand what was being said. This 5.1 Dolby Digital track is a huge disappointment. Although, not hearing the movie, you may be better off.



.::OVERALL::.

Blindness is a film that will be talked about for ages. No, not really. Itís an awful and contrived mess that didnít make any sense nor explain anything. But why bother when no oneís really going to care? The technical side of this DVD is also horrible, with low audio levels and a rather lackluster picture this is one to pass on. I canít think of a joke to go here. Just donít buy it.