In 2002 Fernando Meirelles made a name for himself with City of God, a movie that I don’t think I’ve ever heard a single negative thing spoken about (and deservedly so). He then went on to direct the critical hit The Constant Gardener (which I still haven’t seen). Earlier this year City of Men, the semi-official sequel to City of God, hit select theatres, although Meirelles himself was involved only as a producer. This is because he was working on a new project of his own called Blindness, and the first trailer has just arrived online. Did I mention that it looks absolutely fantastic??
The premise sounds like something from an M. Night Shyamalan movie: 90% of a small town is suddenly and inexplicably stricken with blindness, and the community descends into chaos. Julianne Moore plays the wife of a doctor, who is one of the few people still able to see. That alone is enough to sell me, but the movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, Gael GarcÃƒÂa Bernal, Danny Glover and Sandra Oh. I just love the look of this film…. I think it has jumped right to the top of my “most anticipated” list. Blindness hits theatres on August 8th; check out the trailer below.