On the Big Board
|Fernando Meirelles took a really intriguing premise and made it really unnecessarily annoying.
The saying goes that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. Okay, but what made it the land of the blind in the first place, and doesn't that sound like a terrible job?
When the director of City of God and The Constant Gardner puts together his next movie, he doesn't fool around with romantic comedies, action movies or other trifles. Not even a simple drama will suffice. The director of City of God and The Constant Gardner cannot be bothered with such frivolity. When the director of City of God and The Constant Gardner picks his next project, he chooses a movie about mass blindness, societal breakdown and class violence and chaos.
Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, Fernando Meirelles' Blindness stars Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as a married couple caught up in a city-wide epidemic of blindness. When those affected are quarantined, Moore's character follows her husband to the quarantine, despite not being effected by the blindness epidemic. As society breaks down around them, she leads her husband and seven strangers out into the world where the rest of civilization is falling apart.
The supporting cast includes Danny Glover, Sandra Oh, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga. City of God and The Constant Gardner were both critical successes, with Rachel Weisz earning an Academy Award for The Constant Gardner, so Meirelles clearly knows both how to make an movie with impact and how to handle actors. (Reagen Sulewski & Les Winan/BOP)