Yesterday was France, today is Korea! The fourth film in the 30 Day Film Challenge is the 2011 Korean thriller Blind.
I had actually wanted to watch this movie a long, long time ago, but I never got the chance to because I couldn’t find it with English subtitles. But today, I found it fully subbed on YouTube, so I watched it.
Blind is about a female cop Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul), who loses both her job and sight after a tragic accident. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes a key witness in a hit-and-run case, which turns out to be a small piece of a larger crime. Helping the police crack the case based on her acute sense of sound and smell, Soo Ah finds herself in a dangerous situation where the culprit clearly sees her face and monitors her every move, but she cannot see him at all. Things also become complicated with the arrival of Gi Seob (Yoo Seung Ho), a teenage boy who claims he also witnessed the hit-and-run, but offers contradictory statements to Soo Ah’s.
While the film had an interesting synopsis, its execution was not very original. The story ended up being quite formulaic, and it wasn’t difficult to figure out what direction the plot would take. The movie also felt recycled because it contained elements similar to those in other thrillers like Wait Until Dark, which is also about a blind woman who must protect herself from danger.
The movie was also quite graphic at times because the culprit is essentially a psychopath. So if you’re not good with gore, blood, and violence, don’t watch it. The ending was also pretty anti-climatic, and the resolution unsatisfactory because (SPOILER) we never understand why the culprit did what he did. He merely gets arrested, and we never learn the psychology behind why he abducted and murdered so many women. But usually criminal thrillers give audiences some explanation as to why the crime happened and the motivations behind it (END SPOILER). Therefore, the movie’s ending didn’t feel like an actual ending because there were still some unanswered questions.
Overall, Blind was a mediocre film. If you’re an avid watcher of thrillers, then this film will definitely not stand out because it’s similar to other movies in the genre. However, if this is your first time watching a movie from this category, then Blind can be a decent introduction to the genre.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Director: Ahn Sang Hoon
Writers: Choi Min Seok
Cast: Kim Ha Neul, Yoo Seung Ho
Run time: 1 hr 51 min