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|Land of the Blind|
Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Lara Flynn Boyle, Tom Hollander, Camilla Rutherford
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
A satirical and timely war thriller about terrorism, revolution, and the power of memory. In an unnamed place and time, an idealistic soldier named Joe (Ralph Fiennes) strikes up an illicit friendship with a political pris... more »
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Boden H. from WINDSOR, VT
Reviewed on 7/7/2013...
A somewhat predictible, but good movie. Some graphic sections that were maybe a little over done.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robert L. (LOKI) from DAVIS, WV
Reviewed on 9/11/2009...
oh what a truly twisted tale. goverment take overs, overtaking others. only to be taken once again. I had to watch it twice just to keep up with the story line. or make that lines ... some above par mind bending thought provoking action within this tale of dirty laundry for Goverments. 2.5 of 5. worth a watch and pass along. Rob
Room 101 Revisited
Aaron Gutsell | Clementon, NJ | 08/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After expecting "The English Patient, Part VI" We were pleasantly surprised to see Ralph Fiennes head off into uncharted waters. A dark blend of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and "Brazil" emerges in a fully-formed recreation of the Stalinist revolutionary state, with subreferences to practically every dictator who graced the Twentieth Century.
Donald Sutherland has a chance to shine in a fabulous Castro-esque (the early years) beard, and We were also highly impressed with Lara Flynn Boyle, and Tom Hollander as the son-turned-heir, an unfortunate dictatorial truth still being played out in North Korea. Mr. Hollander was suitably portrayed as a short man next to the leggy Boyle, and the 1950s Peronist costumes set an appropriate tone.
Draw whatever conclusions you will from the film's final scenes- they are the results of torture and re-education camps- but many Russian, Cuban, Argentinian, North Korean, Chinese, Afghani, Italian, Cambodian, George Orwellian dissidents would agree that "Land of the Blind" is a superbly accurate and ironic piece of work."
Nothing is Better than Steak
L. Jerome | Silver Spring, Maryland USA | 09/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great movie about a naive soldier, brilliantly played by Ralph Fiennes, who helps to overturn one dictatorship, only to have it replaced by another. A timely film about government oppression, restricted freedom and unfailing courage. I'm surprised that I haven't heard of this film before."
Quite brilliant but ham handed
Seth J. Frantzman | Jerusalem, Israel | 10/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an almost brilliant film, close in greatness to Brazil but misses the makr because of its ham handed idiotic references to current 'terrorist' lingo, which makes it not a timely classic, so it fails becuase it will not play well in ten years, the verbage used in the film will be lost. However there is brilliance here. A mosaic of time periods and dictators, this film references many things, Franco, monks burning themselves, political prisoners, the war on terror, bin Laden, France's war in algeria, Nixon, and even a little known or recalled story of a vietnam POW who blinked morse code on TV. In addition it even references Pol Pot and Kim Jung Il.
This political satire and dark comedy is fascinating in its ability to portray dictatorship, but its use of American uniforms, those used in the war in Iraq, on soldiers shooting civilians is gratuitousa and degrading. Making fun of Pol Pot is one thing, comparing genocide to current U.S policy is sad and too easily.
Set in a fictional country it stars Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, who deliver great performances. It sourounds a child dictator-director, his tarror card reading wife(ala Noriega) a prison guard turned collaborator with a celebrated terrorist-philosopher.
A must see film, brilliant but has some real tragic drawbacks.
Seth J. Frantzman"