Land of the Blind (2006)

Land of the Blind



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The debut film by director Robert Edwards, Land of the Blind, is a political satire starring Ralph Fiennes as a military man who helps overthrow his government. He does so at the urging of a political prisoner, played by Donald Sutherland, who has been outspoken about the corruption of the current regime. The soldier learns that corruption may in fact be an inevitable part of having power. Set in an unnamed country without ever giving indication of a specific time period, the allegorical film … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Edwards
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On DVD: Aug 15, 2006


as First Lady

as Maximilian

as Jones

as Doc

as Madeleine

as Lieutenant

as First Sergeant

as 12-year-old Guard

as Butler

as Fat Comedian

as Skinny Comedian

as Second Official

as Guy on Next Stool

as Anchorman

as Officer

as Deranged Prisoner

as Guard

as Prisoner S-14

as Anchorwoman

as Johnny Boy Barth

as Roger Jolly Lyme

as Joe (age 6)

as Joe's Mother

as Joe's Mother's Man

as 10-year-old Junior
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Blind

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

The only matter that interests is the question of Fiennes's presence in this political lesson for children.

July 10, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

About as subtle as its all too obvious title would suggest.

July 6, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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An indelible portrait of the contradictions of power.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Writer-director Robert Edwards frantically throws in references to Orwell (Animal Farm and 1984), Lady Macbeth, Yeats, Mao, etc.

June 16, 2006
New York Post
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Robert Edward's satirical allegory shamelessly borrows ideas from Orwell's 1984, then tramples them into the dust.

June 15, 2006
New York Times
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If satire is the thing that closes on Saturday night, then political satire is usually doomed to close one night earlier. In the case of a pretentious monstrosity called Land of the Blind, it's a miracle it ever opened at all.

Full Review… | June 14, 2006
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Land of the Blind

Land of the Blind

I picked up this film not knowing anything about it. Found it in a pawn shop for $3.00 it was worth that. I like most of the movies that Donald Sutherland stars in, but this one was a little different and nothing he did stood out. Its about a political Prisoner who spent years being beaten, starved, and trying to control his mind, A guard played by Ralph Fiennes helps him escape. After escaping Sutherland overthrown the government of one Maximilian II by killing him and his beautiful wife ( Think I would have kept her around, sure she would have seen things my way with a little persuasion). After being in charge awhile the people are no better off under Sutherlands Leadership as they were under Maximilian's matter fact things are worst (Sound Familiar kind of like Iraq). Fiennes is now the one in prison (retraining camp) at the end of the movie, telling the story. Movie didn't do much for me, but I am sure there will be some who swear by it. 3 Stars from My Mind.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Land of the Blind" takes place in an unnamed country where Maximillian II(Tom Hollander) is President for Life, having succeeded his father who ruled with an iron fist. The son is a bit of a dimwit, albeit a dangerous, sadistic film-obsessed one who takes after his father in the jailing, torturing and killing of dissidents department. One such dissident is former playwright, John Thorne(Donald Sutherland), who is leading a prison protest by not wearing prison uniforms and decorating his jail cell in a lovely shade of feces.(And also writing relevant quotations on the walls in the same material, too.) A young prison guard, Joe(Ralph Fiennes), takes a liking to the prisoner and strikes up the odd conversation...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Land of the Blind" is an intelligent, witty, cheaply made movie about propaganda and the need to think for oneself. It also serves as a commentary on government. The movie is unabashedly pro-democracy and in not just giving lip service to the idea, either. A government is at its most dangerous when only one person is in charge. When that happens, their ideas can become reality, no matter how idiotic or dangerous they may seem. With a democracy, many different opinions are given and heard, thus hopefully giving the people a better voice in their own government.(As an anarchist, I am not fond of the idea of government in any form.) [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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