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Review: Blind (2020)

‘Blind’ tells the story of an actress whose latest surgery has left her completely blind, and during her struggle, a maniac starts stalking her.

Directed by: Marcel Walz.

Starring: Sarah French, Caroline Williams, Tyler Gallant, Jed Rowen, Thomas Haley, Ben Kaplan, Jessica Galetti, Sheri Davis, Kevin Cooper, Michael St. Michaels, Robert Lucas.

Country: United States.

Genre: Horror.

Running time: 88 minutes.

Being an avid fan of horror and also very transparent about my concern for defending it, I always need to make something clear: The fact that I love the genre doesn’t mean I believe all horror movies are good movies. We, the horror fanatics, find beauty in what others consider garbage. But we acknowledge the quality of most of these films. We know they’re not impressive, award winning films. They are seldom well acted. And we just consider them as great opportunities to have fun in a weird sort of escapism. In other words, most of us understand what the genre is about, and what it’s trying to accomplish.

A movie like Blind is absolutely clear for me. I’ve been watching slasher films ever since I can remember, and I know what they are about, even if sometimes I don’t necessarily “agree” with them. Blind is a finely executed movie that looks pristine, while sharing typical traits of a genre that doesn’t require beauty. However, Blind is also a movie whose idea is well identified but not confirmed. An unnecessary experiment that comfortably stays in the overrated analysis and development of its main character, but never fully delivers any argument that can explain what’s going on.

Whoever did this has guts.

Faye is an actress but her career has abruptly come to an end. She had a botched laser eye surgery and has gone completely blind. Her depression does not let her engage in any activity outside of her home, and she only has a friend (also blind) who encourages her to “continue”. There’s even a man who likes her and tries his best to become a possible partner. But Faye cannot get pass her condition and she isolates herself. But there’s something in the shadows. Something she will obviously not see coming. And this man with a fantastic mask has plans.

As I said before, Blind is one great audiovisual accomplishment. The movie looks and feels great. The music. The ambience. The general feeling of dread that has trapped Faye in her own home and her own unknown universe. The director understands very well what he’s trying to achieve, and the first act is a great celebration of indie horror cinema. But then Blind becomes repetitive, insistent on things we already recognize and accept. When the movie should somehow take the next step in explaining a possible resolution of conflict, it insists on an obsession that works but lacks a comprehensive background.

Blind could be enjoyable for some. It’s an indie horror film that doesn’t look indie and has an impressive soundtrack. If you feel story is not satisfactory, then you are on the right track. The writer does not have any intentions of going further and clarify all our questions. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it’s just lazy filmmaking. In Blind, it feels like a promising wink at a sequel that we won’t know if it’ll be made. Even the final credits reveal this was made on purpose. It’s risky to say the least, but behind the camera there’s a dreamer. And if that dreamer is thinking of continuing this possibly coherent story, then why not give him a chance.

Rating:

A trailer

With information from IMDB, YouTube.

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