Thursday, August 24, 2006

Land of the Blind - a review

A biting modern day political satire, heavily inspired by real life, Land of the Blind is a fable that borrows heavily from 20'th century despots.

It's steals from the best -- a bit of Animal farm, mixed with Khomeni, Turkmenbashi, Pol Pot, and Kim Jong il. If you know who these people are, and how hilarious their cruelties can be, then you'll definitely feel clever for watching this movie.

Land of the Blind is a fictional account of the life and times of Everycountry, ruled by the iron hand of Maximilian, and succeeded by president-for-life Maximillian II, who has a penchant for directing b-movies.

Ralph Fiennes plays Joe, a prison guard who develops a deep kinship with playwright Thorne (Sutherland), a revolutionary poet who quotes verses on the prison walls using his own feces. There's a power struggle, a coup, betrayal, and a first-person account of the sordid tale, hilarious at some points, a greek tragedy at the end.

The cinematic style reminds me a bit of Brazil, the scriptwriting of Brass Eye, topped up with surreal scenes and a liberal dose of black humour. Subitles may help.

It's funny because it's true, Land of the Blind revisits and modernises the old stories, and manages to stay fresh.

P.S. Rottentomatoes gives it a shitty rating, I really don't understand why this movie was so ruthlessly assasinated. Yes, the plot is inspired, but it was still enjoyable to watch.

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