Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  121 min.
Release Date: October 3, 2008
DVD: February 10, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 2.71
based on 274 votes and 50 reviews
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Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Sandra Oh, Danny Glover, Alice Braga, Don McKellar, Martha Burns, Maury Chaykin, Nadia Litz


Evocative of the recent SARS epidemic, or occurrences in the New Orleans Super Dome during Hurricane Katrina, Blindness takes place in a city which is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts.

There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare; a woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.

Blindness reminds us of the shocking fragility of our social institutions, the thin veneer of our "civilized" world, and the responsibility for every individual to protect their dignity at all costs.

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Sonoko Sakai
Screenplay: Don McKellar
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  • 5 stars "not too bad ^^ Another life lesson to learn ^o^ but the 'rape' parts are very disturbing arrrrrgghh >__<"
  • 5 stars "From what I read, I take it more than half of you haven't read the book. Read it. The movie might not have been up to everyones standard, but the book; simply amazing! I am 16 and VERY picky on which books I read, but this one is one of my favorites. Jose Saramago has won multiple awards and his concept shouldn't be trashed because you were too lazy to read the book first. I personally thought the movie had the perfect amount of rawness, intensity, and insight. Great concept, good actors, amazing setting."