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Here's a Greek thriller with horror overtones which passes the time well without really breaking any new genre boundaries. I did think the computer device which enables the lead to see white outlines on a black background was a very impressive (if not very realistic) creation which allows for plenty of disconcerting (not to mention cool-looking) visuals. Things become a little muddled when this device gives the lead some kind of psychic link (yes, that again) with a killer for no apparent reason, so instead it skips over the technical aspects and just hopes the audience will accept the device at face value.The film definitely appears to have been influenced by the Italian giallo movies, with a series of innocent women being stalked and gruesomely killed by a mystery killer with an unknown motive. The killer even has his own distinct methods like always wearing rubber gloves at the crime and using a scalpel, believing himself to be a doctor. The one thing the film lacks is a true explanation of the murderer's motives, and instead we just have to take him and his reasons at face value. The stalk sequences make good use of shadows and lighting to build up some impressive atmosphere at moments.The film is pretty grisly without actually showing anything, instead cutting away at the last moment from the crime. It does have a hard edge and sleazy atmosphere which is to be expected, I guess, when your director is Nico Mastorakis, the director of the infamous video nasty ISLAND OF DEATH. A strong cast also do their jobs well and help to root the film in reality, as well as creating real sympathy for the characters. Joseph Bottoms (one of the lesser known of four brothers) takes the lead role and convincingly portrays a man coming to terms with his blindness - a scene in the subway where he fights back against a gang of thugs is great stuff. James Daughton only appears at the very end of the film as the killer but his performance is chilling nonetheless. Genre favourite Keir Dullea enjoys a cameo turn as a mad/genius scientist and seems to have fun with his part, although he is only on screen for about ten minutes. Also keep an eye out for the guy billed as "crazy old man" who enjoys hiding in women's bathrooms - one of the weirdest bit characters you're likely to see.The rest of the cast are mainly women, and most of the unknown actresses end up being undressed or in the shower for obvious gratuitous reasons (amusingly one of these actresses was a then-unknown Marina Sirtis, better known for her starring role in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. I bet she leaves this one off her resume...). Kirstie Alley has the thankless role of the lead's girlfriend but her character is totally superfluous to the plot, and the least the writer could have done would have been to endanger her in some way for an extra frisson. Popular blonde Lana Clarkson also has a fairly prominent role as a model who becomes a victim, taking a break from her usual "barbarian" type roles at the time.There are a few minor moments in the film which resemble those in other popular movies (for example one scene is unmistakably reminiscent of REAR WINDOW) but BLIND DATE largely avoids the pitfall of becoming too clichéd. It does, howeve, offer plenty of realism and raw characters, some mild horror, a few shocks and plenty of suspense and atmosphere towards the end. The only thing missing is real excitement, thrills and chills.
Adam Scott stands out in the movie as the blind brother. He plays jerk real well. Perfectly made it hard to feel sorry for him. Making it easy for us to feel sorry for Nick Knoll's character, who is the protagonist.Knolls plays a man who has a one night stand with the girl of his dreams, only for her to become the object of his blind brother's affections when she sees him as a charity case.It's a crazy film about having an older brother who seems to be better at everything than you are (Except in this case, he can't see as well).The filmmakers tried to make a very quiet comedy that sneaks up on you, but it does not effect me as well as others like it. They're parts were the movie makes the blindness part of the joke was definitely funny without demeaning the handicap (as far as I...see). As a matter of fact, the movie attempts to make you see how blind people are people (and jerks) too, and they did a good job of that as well.My Blind Brother, is what it is and it has lots of fun moments, but not the best comedy on the block.
Robbie (Adam Scott) is a blind athlete, beloved by all, and an SOB to his brother Bill (Nick Kroll). Bill feels both bitter about his treatment and guilty about being responsible for the blindness. Bill falls for Rose (Jenny Slate) who also feels guilty about causing her boyfriend's death. They hook up but Rose can't commit. She decides to be a helper and takes on Robbie. She also takes him as his boyfriend before realizing that he's Bill's brother. Francie (Zoe Kazan) is Rose's roommate.These are funny people. There are some funny scenes. It's an interesting premise but the flaws in these characters make it less funny than it ought to be. Ultimately, it leads an incident that is almost too dark to be funny. These characters need some changes to improve their relationships. I actually love the banter between Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan which makes their breakdown harder to take. I like the general premise but it just needs some changes.
Johnnie To's latest film marks a long-anticipated reunion of Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, the rom-com triad has chalked up magical box-office draw and successes in the Aughts (most victorious ones are LOVE ON A DIET 2001, 7/10 and NEEDING YOU 2000, 8/10), and after a 9- year-hiatus (since YESTERDAY ONCE MORE 2004, 6/10), this "iron triangle" has notched up an inspiring comeback which ingeniously imbues a lighthearted rom-com into an out-of-left-field detective thriller with an adequate whodunit revelation in the end.For international territory, Johnnie To is mostly appreciated by his grim and stylized portrayal of Hong Kong's crime and gangster underbellies, a patriarch ruling world of ambitious figures seeking for money, women and power, but his collaboration with Lau and Cheng is a consistent offshoot from To and his own MILKY WAY IMAGE COMPANY's prolific filmography, not to mention is his most popular and profitable ones. So the innovation banks on how To would mingle his trademark darker traits into the audience-friendly couple (Lau and Cheng, indicates their 7th on-screen alliance as lovers), which could allure both To's hardcore fans and a wider general appeal from a maturer demography. Judging by the finished film, the tentative stab is a smart move, BLIND DETECTIVE is on its way of becoming To's most money-earning film in mainland China market (previously the record was just freshly held by To's earlier drug-cartel undercover drama DRUG WAR 2012).A posh Andy Lau, a former police officer who has been blind in lieu of his negligence of his own health in order to track suspects, teamed with a wealthy policewoman (Cheng), who is obsessed with the disappearance of her friend 20 years ago, together they manage to crack a few unsolved cases while put their own lives in danger. For Lau's method of deducing, if you are familiar with the new series HANNIBAL, imaging oneself at the murder scene and incarnating one's identity as the culprit to visualize what had happened is not new, but the mind-cum-body default (Lau is the mastermind while Cheng is the right-hand woman does all the action labor) works wonder here, with Cheng's ongoing crush on Lau, the pair sparks off a flavorful rib-tickling screwball casualness allies with the horrid cases they are working on, a superb visual stunt comes from the mortuary slaughter, gallows humor galore. Sammi Cheng is burdened with a great quantity of physical endeavor out of her slim frame, furthermore she is exhorted to deliver her career-best stretches as the film demands, i.e. the myriad avatars of heartbroken female victims, and her comical timing with Lau is another linchpin to the success. Lau, an epicure more than a sleuth, is amiable and emits his deadly debonair all over the devil-may-care script. Among supporting roles, mainland players Tao Guo and Yuanyuan Gao are sidelined only as comic relief, while a cocktail of veteran Hong Kong thespians is shortchanged by the brevity of their presence. Strictly speaking, the process of disclosing the perpetrators is not as cogent as it seems, the hyperbole of Lau's knack (against his blindness) is sometimes pulling audiences out of the picture a bit, but BLIND DETECTIVE is a paradigm of To and his team's great attempt to concoct a genre-blender which is both entertaining and ruminative, it is an earnest piece of work, a precious gem considering the plight of China's mainstream cinema (potboilers are brimful while the market is rising at an exponential rate), Johnnie To, is the last straw of the once-glorious Hong Kong film industry and he is the trailblazer refuses to compromise or pander for the unique policy-oriented requirements, calling for emulators and successors. 041b061a72