Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Teen Critic Says Blindness Has Vision
Julianne Moore stars in Blindness (Miramax)
By Janeane White
The movie Blindness (opened October 3 throughout San Diego) is a sci-fi type film where almost everyone in the country goes blind with out any medical explanation. The government tries to keep the numbers down by creating a type of quarantine where the blind stay without any control or rules other than the fact that they are not to leave. From this they create their own rules and try to get by as best they can. One man's wife (Julianne Moore) doesn't want him to go into quarantine alone so she claims that she is blind just so she can go with him. Because of her, the different wards are able to get by and get what needs to be done, done. She is the one who holds everything together. She is the anomoly in this strange epidemic..
The movie had many twists and turns with unexpected outcomes. The nation is forced back to primal life as people fight to survive. People need to learn to not take life for granted. These people learned this important lesson the hard way unfortunately, but they eventualy did learn it.
If you are into films such as The Happening , The Mist or other paranormal movies in which the life and future of humanity are threatened, and which teach us lessons, then this is a movie for you. There are a few graphic scenes but they are relating to the basic needs of people to survive in a world with no sight, and where all basic ground rules and guidelines crash.
Blindness (rated R for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity) is a good example of how much we take for granted and how much our economy needs to change.
-- Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School. She enjoys movies and spends all her time at the theater. She is also interested in special effects makeup done in the movies.She is an honors student and is currently working towards early graduation. Some of her favorite movies include Queen of the Damed, Hellboy, The Descent, the Underworld series, and the Saw series.
Darrin Buchanan from San Diego
October 09, 2008 at 06:19 PM
Well yes this movie was good but i didnt see any twist or turns in the movie. And this movie is really graphic , the whole raping scene i dont think thats vary "what people need to survive".
Janeane White from Mount Miguel High School
October 09, 2008 at 06:26 PM
I disagree, i did not expect ward three to completely take over and rap the women. I consider that a twist. I also did not expect the Docters wife to actually go the whole movie and not go blind. I didn't see the Dr. cheating on his wife was going to show up and i didn't ecpect themto just be able to leave. Sex is also a human need weather we like it or not we do it, end of story. So technically they do need it to survive.
nick alva from san diego
October 09, 2008 at 06:33 PM
I Felt that this film did not have any message. people going blind for no apparent reason doesn't mean that its a lesson for not to take life for granted... maybe in some ways if think about it like that. But how i seen it was people going blind and their experience of it.
Rachel Landrum from Mount Miguel High School
October 09, 2008 at 06:42 PM
Reading what you wrote makes me want to see it. I saw the previews they kinda caught my eye but I was still unasure as to weather or not I wanted to see it. I really like how you explained what happend with the whole primal needs to survive, it really puts a perspective on things I think I will go and see this film now thank you for wrighting this review.
October 09, 2008 at 07:56 PM
this review is making me do nothing but want to see the film great review
October 09, 2008 at 07:59 PM
After reading her post, this actually makes wonder how and why things happened during this film. I have seen other movies that roll around in the same theme of everyone nearing death through an unexpected cause, and I cant wait to see what this one has to offer.
Alter Egoes vroom!!
October 11, 2008 at 06:21 AM
Personally, and from the expressed views of others, sex is not a need. If the population is to continue, then sure, there will be a time to multiply....but on the real...we don't need sex to survive!!!!!!!!!!!!! And to say that...shoot, that's just silly. Look at China!! They have a stable population...we're not going to die off from not having intercourse. There will just be a lot of people running around with chinese in their blood! But to go to the extremity of saying "Sex is also a human need weather we like it or not we do it, end of story. So technically they do need it to survive. " I am going to have to disagree with you on that. Oh and don't snap if someone thinks otherwise. Cheese.