Gael Garcia Bernal

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Blindness ** ( 2 STARS)

Director Fernando Meirelles doubtless had good intentions in adapting Jose Saramago's 1995 novel of a world gone suddenly, inexplicably blind. Too bad they're all lost in this belabored allegory that fails to even set up any rules, much less abide by them.

For reasons never explained, a sudden scourge of blindness afflicts a nameless North American city. Apparently, only one person retains her sight - an optometrist's wife (Julianne Moore), who nevertheless pretends to be blind, so she can stay by her husband's side when he's quarantined.

Things devolve quickly, as man's basic inhumanity to man inexorably takes over, and before long everyone's...