Film review: “Blindness”
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Carina Chocano, Times movie critic, reviews ‘Blindness,’ the new movie from Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles that is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago.
‘Something inert and theatrical results from keeping the characters locked up when society is breaking down outside, in what would presumably be a more visual, large-scale way. Occasionally, the screen fades to a milky white that is intended to mimic what the characters experience when they lose their vision, but this has the unfortunate effect of stylizing their affliction. Director of photography César Charlone’s bleached-out music-video style doesn’t do much for the movie’s attempts at gravitas; neither does a slick and self-serious score by Marco Antônio Guimarães. What was presumably intended to play like a fable plays, instead, like an overly long car commercial crossed with a scare-mongering public service announcement.’
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City