Blindness


Going to see X-Piles wasn’t a complete waste of time.  Well, the 100 minutes of tense music, enthusiastic Mulder and perpetually skeptical Scully was a waste of time, but the trailers before hand provided some very interesting prospects for the near future.  Of which the most promising is Blindness.

This movie seems to have everything going for it.  Literally, everything.  It’s directed by Fernando Meirelles.  The man we can thank for the near perfect City of God, and the 2006 Oscar favorite The Constant Gardner.  This Academy Award nominated director knows his stuff, if you don’t believe me, watch either of the two previously mentioned movies, give me a call, and I’ll say I told you so.

Blindness is based on the book of the same name, written by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, the plot follows a city wide epidemic causing blindness in 90% of the population.  The city’s ultimate and immediate goal becomes containment of the infection.  Those afflicted are quarantined to an abandoned mental hospital, where they are left with meager food rations and no contact with the outside world.  Left completely to their own devices, a sightless, savage society is formed based on gree and brutality.  Power is left in the hands of those that control food and supplies.  Left to their own devices, this ‘society’ quickly devolves and loses it’s humanity (a la Lord of the Flies).

The cast offers an endless supply of some of the most talented actors in Hollywood today. The Julianne Moore (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Children of Men) plays the wife of a Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) who’s infected.  She follows him to the quarantined hospital, keeping her sight a secret while leading/protecting the underdogs.  The film also stars the wickedly talented Gail Garcia Bernal (The King, Babel), Sandra Oh (Hard Candy, Sideways), Danny Glover and scores more.  Check out the full cast here.

Blindness is set to be released September 26th and while it’s not yet rated, if it stays true to Saramago’s novel, it will most likely be rated R.  Check out the official movie site at blindness-themovie.com.

Check out the following trailers and teasers as well (some of which feature the ridiculously awesome original score to Danny Boyle’s Sunshine).

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2 Responses to “Blindness”
  1. Jessica says:

    It seems like a really well made trailer plays a large part in stirring up hype for a movie. Do you think trailer’s should be recognized in their own right or as part of the movie?
    (I like the new look by the by.)

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, I’m experimenting with new looks, I’m not sure this one will stick, but I’m getting closer.

    Trailers are important in their relationship to their movie (as you pointed out, the trailer can stir up hype like crazy, or sabotage it before opening night). But they also have the right and deserve recognition for being their own entity.

    They can make a movie look absolutely horrible when it’s absolutely awesome a la ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ (90% of the scenes in the trailer didn’t even make it into the final cut of the movie).

    Or the trailer could actually have been made by someone much, MUCH more talented than the director of the actual film making it look like it’s worth watching Liv Tyler make shocked/sad faces for 90 minutes a la ‘The Strangers’ (when it’s definitely, definitely not worth it.

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