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Fernando Meirelles adapts the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago. Unfortunately, his tricky visual style (all bleached-out colors and fuzzy angles) makes this tale of an unnamed city stricken by a mysterious outbreak of blindness far too self-conscious. The script follows Saramago's narrative fairly well, but Meirelles relies so much on heavy-handed allegory there's little room to sympathize with the characters (including Julianne Moore as the sole sighted person) as they devolve into the yuppie version of The Lord of the Flies. 120 minutes R.