Blinded DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 5.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 7.3
Distributor: 21st Century
Running Time:
133 minutes
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer:
Felix Staica

7.3


Blinded

Writer/director Eleanor Yule’s Blinded can best be described as an exercise in frustration. Danish backpacker Mike (Anders W. Berthelsen) is wandering the Scottish countryside and finds work at a ‘run-down’ farm with a blind farmer, his mum (yes, I was thinking Bates Motel too) and beautiful but Brontëan (including her attire!) Rachel Black (Jodhi May), his wife. 

It would be fairly easy for any healthy man to steal a woman from a surly, grumpy, blind guy and that’s what happens. The farm also features a seemingly insatiable bog into which Mike, as part of his job, throws old farm machinery. But the Dane also carries with him a criminal record for murdering his mother. 

I won’t bother to discuss the plot anymore, because it’s predictable and thin as paper. I would have been prepared to exchange a feeble plot for complex acting, suspense and atmosphere. On these counts, the film also fails I think. It reminds one of an over-wrought student film that drones on and on. Maybe as a short, it would have worked. It looks like it was shot on DV rather than film stock and while some cinematography is impressive, it’s just not sustained. The fact that in Australia it was never theatrically released is very telling. It is, as they say, ‘straight to video’. 

* The preview disc had stereo sound and no special features as such. 

Felix Staica






 
 



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