Film Screening 20th August, 2009

Poster for Blindness


8:00 PM, 20th August, 2009

  • MA
  • 116 mins
  • Unknown
  • Fernando Meirelles
  • Don McKellar
  • Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover

This is based on the novel by Jose Saramago and is a very adult styled horror. But Blindness isn't your normal horror film; there are no screaming teenagers running from a man in a mask or a monster chasing down people one by one who stupidly decide to split up. This is a horror about humanity and how quickly one change can unravel the very basis of society. But it's frightening in its depiction of that change.

There is a sudden epidemic of blindness taking over an undisclosed city. As people start suffering total white sightlessness, the government, fearing infection, herds the early victims into quarantine camps. At one camp the afflicted include a doctor (Ruffalo) accompanied by his wife (Moore), who's faking blindness to stay with her husband. She may actually be the only one left with vision. Their camp is in an abandoned psychiatric ward and one ward, led by an ex-bartender (Gael Garcia Bernal), commandeers the food rations, demanding payment for them in various ways.

This is a gritty film and not uplifting at all. Many of the scenes are overwhelming, but it is very well told, written and acted. The cinematography is also to be commended as it takes you as a viewer into the realm of what is happening. It's overall a very thought provoking film about the society that we stake so much in.

Steven Cain