By Movie Lover (26 Dec 2008)
Internationally renowned filmmaker and Academy Award-nominee Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God) brings to life Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s exhilarating tale of humanity under siege by an uncanny epidemic.
Faced with a mysterious outbreak of blindness, governmental authorities quarantine the affected individuals in an abandoned mental hospital. As more patients arrive each day, the hospital cannot properly accommodate them, and systems begin to break down—food is scarce, toilets are backed up, and the dead lay unburied. The nightmare grows worse when a rebellious inmate (Gael García Bernal) resorts to unspeakable violence to take control of the hospital and the food rations for himself. Fortunately for the other victims, when a level headed doctor (Mark Ruffalo) is sent to the hospital after losing his vision, his devoted wife (Julianne Moore) refuses to leave his side and sneaks into the facility despite still having her sight. Together, they lead the other in fighting back with every ounce of strength they can muster to break free of this hellish imprisonment and journey back into the world; a journey that leads them away from mankind’s worst appetites and weaknesses into a world where they hope to once again discover the spirit of human decency that has been lost for so long.