It started with one man who went blind and became an epidemic of blindness nicknamed the “white sickness”. There is, however, one woman (Julianne Moore) who can see that followed her blind husband (Mark Ruffalo) into the quarantine area. As more people were piled into the guarded, abandoned hospital, chaos began to break out. Julianne Moore’s character leads a group of the blind to safety. You might think that this would make a great story, but it didn’t make a great movie.
There are two things BLINDNESS has going for it. The first thing would be the well known actors. Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo are the main characters and in the past have been in some pretty good movies. Alice Braga was also in the movie I AM LEGEND which seems similar in story line to me. Finally, Danny Glover has definitely done some better movies. This film was not one of the most notable movies these actors have been a part of.
The other thing BLINDNESS has going for it is that it was based on the novel written by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramango. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, since the book did better than the movie, BLINDNESS was either messed up when turned into a movie or it’s one of those stories that is better as a book instead of a movie.
BLINDNESS has only a fraction of a story line. Everyone knows that a story starts with an exposition and then continues with rising action, a climax, falling action, and a conclusion or resolution. This movie, however, doesn’t conform to this criteria. BLINDNESS has absolutely no exposition, so you have no idea what is going on. The characters aren’t even given names. The rising action, climax and falling action are very minimal and almost nonexistent. It is very boring movie that was drug out too long. I sat there and kept wondering when it would be over. As for the final element, there is a small conclusion that lasts about a minute, and there is no resolution. The only reason I watched the whole movie is because I thought I would find out why everyone went blind at the end, but they never tell you.