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 Posted: Sat Feb 27th, 2010 05:41 pm
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Blindness tells the story of an contagious epidemic of blindness and how it ravages an unnamed city in an unnamed country. The "White Sickness", as it come to be called, is not entirely like your normal blindness; instead of a world bathed in darkness, the afflicted's sight is blanketed in a milky whiteness (hence the nickname). And the only person spared from this epidemic is an ophthalmologist's wife. In any case, the government's response is to institute martial law and lock all the infected into an run-down asylum. Here the focus of the story moves to life inside the overcrowded asylum; and the fun begins. The asylum is truly hell on earth; its dirty, crowded, and just not a place for masses of blind people. There are three wards set in place, aptly named Ward One, Two, and Three, and to maintain order, the optician is elected the leader of Ward One, with his seeing wife as his guide. In response, a ruthless bartender elects himself king of Ward Three. To make things worse, the government on the outside begins rationing food and hoarding supplies. So Ward Three decides to institute its own form of order: sell your jewellery for food. And when the jewellery has been expended, the cry is changed to sell your women for food. After a horrifying blind sex orgy, the few willing women (which includes the ophthalmologist's wife) retaliate and burn down the asylum, killing whoever could not escape in the process (which included the King).

But the situation on the outside is far worse than anyone could have imagined; in short, its an apocalypse. But there is hope, as the first man who is struck blind is able to see once again...

The long and the short of this post is that I feel that this film is a dystopian parable worthy of Orwell himself and really gives meaning to the phrase: "The blind leading the blind." Furthermore, I've also heard that the blind community condemns this work. My only response is that its not truly a work condemning the savagery of the blind, but moreso a work condemning the savagery of mankind.

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