This adaptation of the 1995 novel by José Saramago of the same name depicts an unexplained mass epidemic of “white blindness” that befalls on an unnamed city, tearing it apart when the community becomes quarantined.
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A technical marvel. The way Meirelles approaches blindness cinematically is frankly ingenious; rapid-fire editing weaves extreme close-ups and focus-pulls devoid of POV into a murky, disorienting tapestry that's never confusing or boring to watch, consequently. Quite the opposite. The director's unwavering commitment to Saramago's punishing, even nightmarish novel makes it very hard to watch in one sitting, however.
I know it's the most boring thing I could ever say, but... yeah, the book was way better. Actually, the movie wouldn't even be so bad if they had also included the more emotional scenes from the book, small events that are not such a big deal action-wise, but carry a lot of weight nevertheless. Still, I guess the plot makes it interesting for someone who had no contact w/ Saramago before the movie.
If you seek for a reality where chaos takes over by the simplicity of human fragility, this is the film I recommend. There is nothing that could explain it, no rules, no logic, and suddenly a blindness takes over. As you could imagine, blindness allow us to see many things about humans we didn't know while our eyes were open. It is an adaptation of the book by José Saramago, Ensaio Sobre Cegueira.
It is so flat. And pale. And trying. I prefer plague films to at least provide a different angle on "domestic life is morose anyway, and the government are inhuman." But it is a bit beautiful at times. Some nice textures. And semi plausible performances. Wouldn't usually advocate the necessity for a significant explosion but Blindness could benefit from one. Even a musical number.
Haunting movie about people and their inner beauty/ugliness when deprived of the sight... The main characters' revelations at the end of the movie that arised from the common feeling of helplessness and dependance on the other human beings' compassion and care, were touching.
It shows us that the situation in which those characters are imaginary is at the same time, to experience it with them during projection, the viewer feels a little of that really possible within the universe conceived by Saramago.
I simply loved this movie. The characters, the context, and the themes that the movie covers have all been carefully analyzed without any room for unnecessary exaggeration. I haven't read the book yet so I cannot comment on the transfer effect but I believe the movie has managed to capture my attention for the whole 120 minutes. A must see.