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A Hodgepodge Movie Trying to Figure Out What It Wants to Be

  • Sep 8, 2006
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LAND OF THE BLIND is a strange horse of a film. It is so full of gimmicks, silly scenes, awkward dialogue, and mixed metaphors that it sinks under its own intended farcical weight.

Robert Edwards wrote and directed this take off on totalitarian governments and the crises that arise with the corruption of power, sprayed it globally and historically so that it can include everyone in its aim, and shot it in a Felliniesque fashion that just falls short of significance. Abetted with a strong cast of actors (Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Lara Flynn Boyle, etc) one would think this overproduced piece would have made it. But alas is sinks into somnolence despite its oh-so-very-obvious attempt to be a significant statement about politics today. The biggest task required for this movie is trying to stay awake to the final frame. Grady Harp, September 06

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Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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A satirical and timely war thriller about terrorism, revolution, and the power of memory. In an unnamed place and time, an idealistic soldier named Joe (Ralph Fiennes) strikes up an illicit friendship with a political prisoner named Thorne (Donald Sutherland), who eventually recruits him into a bloody coup d'etat. But in the post-revolutionary world, what Thorne asks of Joe leads the two men into bitter conflict, spiraling downward into madness until Joe's co-conspirators conclude that they must erase him from history.
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DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Bauer

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