Sunday, October 26, 2008


I really hate writing plot summaries--feels like doing my taxes or something--but, if you didn't know, "Blindness" is based on a book by Jose Saramago in which nameless inhabitants of a nameless, hyper-modern (some amalgam of Rio, Tokyo and Toronto, it seemed) metropolis suddenly go blind. They are quarantined by the government in a filthy militarized hospital with little food and no medicine. Shit then gets very Lord of the Flies. Mark Ruffalo and apocalypse-chaser Julianne Moore are in the movie. So is Danny Glover, who, in his advancing age, is approaching Morgan Freeman-esque Magical Negro territory. Somehow, he pulls it off here.

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