Rating: 2 stars
Have you heard the news? People stink. They are self-serving, cowardly, cruel, and just a crisis away from abandoning all civility. Or so the producers of Blindness would have you think.
Okay, even if you buy into that premise—and I don’t—I still ask you, what’s the point in making this film? Certainly Sartre did the “hell is other people” well enough, right? Lord of the Flies showed how quickly we can lose our grip on moral decency. At the risk of sounding cynical, perhaps it’s because it gives undeniable great actors—like Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo—and a talented director (Fernando Mereilles) the chance to really roll around in the muck and show us how gritty they are.
As the story begins, a handsome Asian yuppie (Yuseke Isaya) is driving his Mercedes down a crowded street when he suddenly stops at a green light. He can’t see anything. He’s gone blind. A seemingly good samaritan takes him home, and then steals his car. (This is our first sign of the rather low view of mankind the film holds.)
The blind man’...