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5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Blind
"Land of the Blind" with Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, is a timely and satirical political drama on terrorism, revolution, and, above all, one's own inner morality.

This is one of those films that is simple and easy to comprehend; yet it explores so many depths, possibilities, and perspectives that a description of its content is difficult and in any...
Published on 20 Oct 2006 by Sandra Pennewiss

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1.0 out of 5 stars At times like this I wish I were blind....and deaf....
The general gist of Land of the Blind is as follows: an unnamed country is ruled by a tyrant, while the intellectual revolutionary hero of the resistance (Thorne aka Sutherland), is tortured in an inhuman prison. When the riots threaten to get out of control, the government is forced to release Thorne. With the help of Joe (Fiennes) Thorne brings down the despotic...
Published on 9 May 2008 by O. Doyle


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Blind, 20 Oct 2006
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"Land of the Blind" with Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, is a timely and satirical political drama on terrorism, revolution, and, above all, one's own inner morality.

This is one of those films that is simple and easy to comprehend; yet it explores so many depths, possibilities, and perspectives that a description of its content is difficult and in any case would be subjective.

The first feature film by the acclaimed documentary producer Robert Edwards, "Land of the Blind" is a masterpiece, a special film that moves and inspires reflection and above all resonates in the turmoil of our media-saturated era.

When well-paid actors such as Fiennes and Sutherland work for a fraction of their usual salary, it is an indication that the film in question either says something artistically interesting or presents a good message. "Land of the Blind" does both!

In many interviews, Robert Edwards has emphasized that the film takes place in an unspecified place and time to give the viewer's thoughts more scope to reach their own conclusions and come up with individual interpretations.

Old-fashioned English automobiles thus mingle with French Renaissance palaces and re-socialization camps reminiscent of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

"Land of the Blind" is a political satire in which our hero, Joe (Ralph Fiennes), undergoes a personal development of the most extreme nature. Joe's experiences and moral perceptions turn him from a loyal soldier into a traitor to the regime and hero of the revolution.

Yet change does not always signify improvement.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic satire, grim finale., 27 Oct 2008
This review is from: Land Of The Blind [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
A film in two parts, first an incredibly funny political satire (just not really laugh out loud so you know) which makes the second part but final act all the more shocking. It's the essence of drama isn't it? Dramas all the more affecting when preceded by comedy, least that's what my drama teacher told me.

Great cast, very clever script with a final shot that suggests it could be too clever for its own good. Still with such fine performances its something you should definitely make your own mind up about. Ignore the wannabe anarchists giving it such a low rating; they evidently didn't get the satire aspect of it.

The films a 4 but I'm giving it a 5 to boost up its rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, CLEVER., 16 May 2014
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A very clever, bold film with a superb cast. Tom Hollander is mesmerising as Maximilian II and steals every scene he is in. His brutal tyranny is graphically depicted. Donald Sutherland is fantastic as his arch enemy, political rebel, Thorne and Ralph Fiennes very believable as Joe, the put upon hero.

The film could be set in any time or place, and is almost a pastiche, pre-revolutionary French excess, modern day prison camps, an Imelda Marcos style first lady played with relish by Lara Flynn Boyle. The idea of a censored dictatorship is unflinchingly portrayed.

Definitely worth a watch.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At times like this I wish I were blind....and deaf...., 9 May 2008
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The general gist of Land of the Blind is as follows: an unnamed country is ruled by a tyrant, while the intellectual revolutionary hero of the resistance (Thorne aka Sutherland), is tortured in an inhuman prison. When the riots threaten to get out of control, the government is forced to release Thorne. With the help of Joe (Fiennes) Thorne brings down the despotic government and takes over control. However, the hope for freedom and a better world doesn't last long.

I just didn't get the point of this film really. It wasn't political, revolutionary, funny, sad, thrilling, exciting, interesting....the only word I can think of is dull. I always find Ralph Fiennes performances yawn inducing and in this movie he's stuck true to form. Donald Sutherland's performance was pretty good given the lack of script but the whole thing was just a waste of 90mins.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ORwell - Oh Well, 7 Jun 2008
This review is from: Land Of The Blind [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
This is not a very good film, if you have any awareness of things like 1984 or Animal Farm then you will not enjoy this film. The story is no brave new world and the subject matter has been covered far better in many other films.Very disappointing.
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