Oh great, an allegorical sci-fi disaster flick. One by one, an epidemic of infectious blindness randomly strikes most of the inhabitants of an unnamed city shot in Uruguay, Brazil, and Canada and the newly blind, including a doctor (Mark Ruffalo) and his sighted wife (Julianne Moore), are herded by nervous authorities into a prison. Things deteriorate from there. That especially means the screenplay, by actor-turned-scenarist Don McKellar from the novel by José Saramago, directed dully by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener). It doesn't neglect a cliché. Also in the badly under-utilized (except for Moore and Ruffalo) cast: Alice Braga, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Yoshino Kimura, and Maury Chaykin (120 min.).
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: JosÃ© Saramago and Don McKellar
Producer: Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Sonoko Sakai
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Sandra Oh, Gael GarcÃa Bernal, Danny Glover, Alice Braga, Maury Chaykin, Don McKellar, Martha Burns and Michael Mahonen