BLINDNESS. A disparate group of citizens in a large city are afflicted by sudden sightlessness, and the world around them becomes chaos. The government confines the afflicted to an asylum, and much of this film concerns the battle between Ward One, run like a caring commune by a doctor (Mark Ruffalo) and his take-charge wife (Julianne Moore), and the louts running Ward Three, headed by a bartender (Gael Garcia Bernal) and an accountant (Maury Chaykin). Jose Saramago's good, challenging book doesn't quite make the jump to the big screen. R (violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity). 2:01. 2 stars.
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