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From Jose Saramago’s novel, “Blindness” is the latest feature from director, Fernando Meirelles (“The Constant Gardener”). And, it should be said, from about a dozen production and finance companies which you will see listed before the film begins. Clearly there was a rally to get this film made, which is understandable considering its concept. On a day like any other, in a city like any other, people just start to go blind. There are no symptoms, the science doesn’t make sense, but the blindness, and the subsequent panic just spreads. Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo play a married couple who are among the first to be quarantined once the epidemic begins. Her secret is that she has not lost her sight but is faking it to be with her husband inside the concentration camp-esque wards. It isn’t long before overcrowding, lack of food and living in squalor become the norm as the government stands idly by, doing little or nothing to help. It’s a terrifying vision of the world as it could be. At times the goings-on within the wards (the ultimate game of Lord of the Flies) feels much more like a stage play than a gritty horror movie, but “Blindness” is ultimately a close look at an epochal fear. Fine additions to this cast include: Danny Glvoer, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga. The DVD also features deleted scenes and a ‘making of’ documentary. It will take you more than a beat to really appreciate what’s going on in this film, but the effects are entirely too lasting.