Land of the Blind

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Joe (Ralph Fiennes), a security guard in a totalitarian society, watches over jailed writer-turned-terrorist Thorne (Donald Sutherland). Devious and intelligent, the latter convinces Joe that their leader, Maximilian II (Tom Hollander), will bring the country to ruin. Joe frees Thorne and helps him overthrow Maximilian but later learns to regret his actions.

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Critic Reviews for Land of the Blind

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

    July 10, 2006
  • About as subtle as its all too obvious title would suggest.

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

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

    June 16, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Robert Edward's satirical allegory shamelessly borrows ideas from Orwell's 1984, then tramples them into the dust.

    June 15, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    June 14, 2006

    Rex Reed

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  • Jul 07, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2008
    future set, a bit like 1984 and v fr vendetta, but nowhere near as enjoyable, or cinematic, but finnes does give it a go, and sutherland as reliable as ever
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2007
    I dont know why but I really like this film on all levels. Im not really into the glore and the destruction but it really caught my eye in a intriguing way of how it was presented. Very well done and can make it pactful in a way that is benefited
    Moviestar M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2006
    [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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