Theatrical Release: October 3, 2008


When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine. “Blindness,” starring Academy Award®-nominee Julianne Moore, Gael García Bernal, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Oh and Danny Glover, is a psychological thriller about the fragility of mankind. Adapted from Nobel Laureate José Saramago’s masterwork, the film is directed by Academy Award®-nominee Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) from a screenplay by Tony Award-winner Don McKellar (“The Drowsy Chaperone”).

Dove Review

Depressing. Dark. Bleak. These are the words that came to my mind while watching this film. The viewer learns the plot is about a man who is infected by an unusual and sudden blindness, a “white” light blindness. It spreads rapidly to other victims. Soon a large group has to be quarantined and the swelling number of them are divided into wards. When one man rebels and claims himself to be the “king of the wards”, a total collapse takes place in the community, with severe results.

Soon the leader has the other wards grubbing for all the jewelry they can find to hand over, or he will not allow them to have food. He demands their women to satisfy the sexual hunger of himself and his cohorts. Some volunteer so everyone doesn’t go hungry. The psyche of people is closely examined in this film as one man, who was previously faithful to his wife, has a one-time affair with a fellow woman patient. Soon there are gunshots, threats, and total chaos as the situation rapidly escalates downwards.

This film misses being considered a family film in five out of six categories. Only in the drugs rating did it hit a level two instead of a level three. Any time one of our reviewed films hits a level three in any content listing such as sex, language, violence, drugs, nudity or our other category, it cannot receive the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. This film hit a level five in four out of six categories, and it hit a level three in the “other” section.

Someone in the film has a crisis regarding his/her faith, as there is a scene in the church in which the viewer sees a crucifix of Christ on the cross, with a blindfold having been placed on his eyes. Did the filmmaker want to suggest that God closes His eyes to the suffering in this world? One can only speculate.

A fellow reviewer who saw this film said he felt as if he had been through a meat grinder after seeing it. At any rate, I was happy to see the lights come on when this film was finally over. It was difficult sitting through the entire thing. We cannot come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this dark and dismal movie.

Content Description

Sex: A lot of sexual remarks, and a couple of fairly graphic scenes of couples having sex-one involving a prostitute and the other scene reveals a man cheating on his wife; sexual noises in shadows; man kissing wife's neck; women forced to have sex or they don't receive any food.
Language: J/JC-6; Ch*ist-1; GD-1; G/OMG-12; F-35; S-10; H-4; A-4; B-2; SOB-3; D-1; Su*ks-1; Wh*re-1; D-1; Ni*ples-1
Violence: Patients are shot for crossing quarantine line; a man receives a bloody wound to his leg after a woman kicks him; patients fight with each other; patients shoot each other; a fire is started in a ward; man shoots himself in head; a woman is beaten to death and her corpse is seen; store looting; people fight each other for food; some blood from wounds.
Drugs: Drinking of wine and alcohol.
Nudity: A lot of nudity including full frontal male; side view of women and men; several scenes of women's breasts exposed; rear male and female nudity.
Other: People take refuge in a church and someone has placed a blindfold over the eyes of Jesus as he is seen on a crucifix; men seen urinating; a comment about not wanting women who are "on the rag"; a rebel takes over and bargains for things he wants.


Company: Miramax Pictures
Writer: José Saramago and Don McKellar
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter