Blindness (2008, CDN/BRA/JAP) C-121m. ** D: Fernando Meirelles. Starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Don McKellar, Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal, Sandra Oh. In contemporary America, people suddenly go blind. Nobody knows why and the people affected are quarantined, among them doctor Ruffalo and his wife Moore, who can still see and becomes a kind of guardian in their 'ward'. Downbeat but fascinating vision of apocalypse, hampered considerably by the ending. Good performances. Based on the novel by José Saramago, adapted by co-star Don McKellar.

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