Blindness

I played intramural sports while I was in college.  Flag football, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee – I played it all.  But my intramural basketball career ended when, fresh off a steal from my opponent, I drove the lane and collapsed when I pulled a tendon in my foot.  I couldn’t walk for hours and had to hobble up the hill to my dorm, where I iced my foot and watched a movie to keep myself awake.  The film I ended up watching was a bootleg copy of City Of God, a movie which skyrocketed to become my favorite foreign film of all time.  Now the director of that film, Fernando Meirelles, has a new film out and it’s ready on DVD.

Starting this February 10th, now available on DVD from Alliance Films and Miramax Films comes the story of the end of the world none of us could see coming.  Blindness is ready to creep out of your television screen and feel its way right into your heart with this gritty and horribly frightening story of a world gone painfully invisible.  Bring home this groundbreaking film today!

At some point in the near future, in a city which looks a lot like Sao Paulo, people begin to go blind in a flash of white light that never goes away.  A vision doctor comes down the blindness and his wife does not, but people all around them are catching the epidemic.  Soon the blind are being interned in empty hospitals and the doctor’s wife pretends to be blind so they can stand together.  The hospital turns into a vision of hell with the strong ruling the weak and food and women being used as bargaining chips.  It all builds to a fantastic climax in this chilling film.  Based off of Nobel Prize winning author Jose Saramago’s novel, this movie shows a frightening vision of the future and of humanity itself.  This film stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Alice Braga and Gael García Bernal.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes which were not featured in the final film and a featurette about the making of this exciting film.  It is a little disappointing that there is nothing else in the special features, but the fact that this movie is directed by Fernando Meirelles more than makes up for the deficit.

Fernando Meirelles is truly an up and coming star in the world of cinema and will become one of the few people from Brazil famous for things other then soccer and sawgrass biodiesel.  It was a wonderful treat to see Gael García Bernal in this film with his delightfully wicked role.  He is one of the best actors in the business right now.  It’s strange to see how far Julianne Moore has fallen from the beautiful height she was at during Boogie Nights.  Danny Glover is little more than an afterthought in this film, but he was still great.  This is a great movie and it has a great message.  The film work that Meirelles does is wonderful and he certainly deserves a Best Director nomination, as he does from all his work.  This film is fantastic and is well worth watching.

You’d have to be Blind to not like this movie.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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