Blindness 2008

Blindness is a 2008 dramatic thriller film that is an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. The film is written by Don McKellar and directed by Fernando Meirelles with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters. The novel’s author originally refused to sell the rights for a film adaptation.

The producers were able to acquire it with the condition that the film would be set in an unrecognizable city. Blindness premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008, and the film was released in the United States on October 3, 2008.

Plot: An epidemic causes most of the people in an unnamed city to go blind, resulting in the collapse of society. The film follows several people as they try to survive in a makeshift self-governed prison set up by the government as a quarantine area. The group includes a doctor (Mark Ruffalo) and his wife (Julianne Moore). The doctor’s wife is unaffected, but hides this fact. The people in ward 3, led by a man who proclaims himself “king of ward 3”, have control over the food and has a gun, and use this to demand valuables from the others, and even sexual services by the women. Reluctantly they comply. The doctor’s wife kills the king of ward 3. A man in her ward suggests to find out who did this killing, and hand this person over to ward 3 to appease them. After a fire the doctor’s wife discovers that the guards have left, so the people are free now. Patient zero recovers from his blindness, giving the others hope.
* Julianne Moore as Doctor’s Wife
* Mark Ruffalo as Doctor.
* Danny Glover as Man with Black Eye Patch.
* Gael García Bernal as Bartender/King of Ward 3.
* Maury Chaykin as Accountant.
* Alice Braga as Woman with Dark Glasses.
* Don McKellar as Thief.
* Sandra Oh as Minister of Health.
* Yusuke Iseya as First Blind Man.
* Yoshino Kimura as First Blind Man’s Wife.
* Mitchell Nye as Boy.
* Susan Coyne as Receptionist.
* Martha Burns as Woman with Insomnia.
* Leonardo Magalhaes as a blind Boy who is the leader of a blind gang of starving kids.

Watch Blindness 2008 Trailer