Brutal chaos reigns in a town where a blindness epidemic has taken over

Unnamed city, unnamed characters, one-eyed men…

Fernando Meirelles’ spin on José Saramago’s novel throws allegorical shapes but lacks sufficient storytelling rigour to convince. A hospital descends into brutality following a blindness epidemic. How? Why?

Whatever: humanity’s decadence is taken as a given and Meirelles settles for conjuring hell on earth as a substance-lite, style-heavy sensory assault. Sole extra is a Making Of.

Kevin Harley

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