Blind  Review – A dull, inspid home invasion horror that’s hard to sit through
The opening title of the film use ‘Braille’ fonts (ones used by vision impaired people) to introduce the film. If that’s not insensitive and obnoxious wait till the end credits start. Director Marcel Walz and writer Joe Knetter who claim that the idea of the film came from a dream before wrapping the entire production within 21 days, also have the audacity to pull a sad one on the audience. The closing credit announces that there’s going to be a Blind: Part 2. That is just baffling because if the 90 minutes slogfest wasn’t torturous enough for you then wait there are 90 more of them. Anyway, my point is that ‘Blind‘ is not just a horrible horror film but it’s so lazy and inconsequential that even the makers couldn’t sit through it.
Following the life of Faye (Sarah French) – A former actress who lost her vision due to botched up laser surgery, the film is set almost entirely inside her dreamy, posh villa that overlooks the Hollywood hills. The camera follows her around as she gulps the realization of her lost life. She has drowned herself in misery and all she does through the days is sip some fine wine, take occasional baths, roam around the house aimlessly, and wake up to nightmares.
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Her only solace is a newfound friendship with Sophia (Caroline Williams) – a talky woman who is blind since birth and Luke (Tyler Gallant) – a handsome young man who is mute and can only communicate through his cellphone. They are a part of a support group that spews cheesy, weirdly written, life-affirming monologues that sound more Bullishit than Michael St. Michaels claims. When things are not happening around her, she slips into cozy robes and sways to pop interludes that are worse than the monologues aforementioned.
Oh! And before I forget, there’s also a masked stranger called ‘Pretty Boy’ who plays with dolls in his sex-crazed, self-made dungeon that is carefully calibrated by Christmas Lights. Marcel Walz almost randomly and intermittently cuts out of Faye’s life to show us what Pretty Boy is up to. Only to circle back to her because none of them are compelling enough or even mildly convincing to look at. Sarah French could be easily replaced by one of Pretty Boy’s dolls and vocalized by another cellphone bot and you wouldn’t notice.
There’s not just a lack of tension but also a lack of conflict to this tale that gets blander and blander with every passing minute. The viewers are forced to reckon with these characters that they don’t give two shits about and see murders happening in such an odd fashion that they evoke laughs more than dread. This could have worked as a ‘so bad that it’s good’ feature but everyone involved takes it so seriously that you sit and ponder over the reasons why someone would rent such a beautiful home to someone who sleepwalked to a film set to make a feature.
Blind is the epitome of bad filmmaking. There are zero redeeming factors and it neither makes you get involved in its premise nor offers the unconventional home-invasion reversal that it promises on the outset. In the end, it just leaves you angry and that’s not a good place to be.
Blind (2020) Trailer
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