Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin pair up as clandestine lovers in Blind, a romantic suspense drama also starring Dylan McDermott. Baldwin plays Bill Oakland, a famous author blinded in an auto accident that killed his spouse, and Moore portrays Suzanne, the neglected wife of a money hungry business man with questionable financial dealings. McDermott stands out as that particular villain here. Although Suzanne does not know about her husband Mark’s illegal activities, she gets sentenced to 100 days of community service. Her assignment? Reading to the curmudgeonly blind author each day.
These two have trouble communicating and don’t like each other initially, but it doesn’t take too long before they develop strong feelings for each other. Watching their awkward romance bloom is interesting, mostly because Moore (Forsaken) and Baldwin (It’s Complicated) still radiate star power. However, Baldwin’s hilarious Trump impersonation on SNL makes it difficult for me to accept him in other roles, so I tried extra hard here and finally found myself wanting everything to work out for the character he plays. Bill deserves to find love again – and Suzanne seems just the person who can help that happen.
Moore looks lovely as the well-dressed wife of a very rich man, but she also makes us believe that Suzanne has more depth than we expected at first.
Her hubby is an evil man.
Will she leave him? That’s not her plan
while he spends time inside the jail
and until she reads secret mail.
She’s fallen for a man who’s blind.
He opens doors into her mind.
What will happen when hubby’s back?
Will they return to their old track?
Energy could help this plot’s pace.
It’s much too slow for this film’s case.
Still, Demi’s here and Alec too.
Their fans may love what they both do.
And Dylan plays the bad guy’s part.
He’s dynamic right from the start.
Romantic suspense -- found in Blind.
If you like that, it might be fine.
Directed by Michael Mailer from a story by Diane Fisher and adapted by John Buffalo Mailer, Blind features one of Dylan McDermott’s (The Campaign) best performances. He comes across as very scary, especially in a scene showcasing Mark’s violent jealousy. This triangle of Bill/Suzanne/Mark should have been the entire focus of the film, but a subplot involving a Bill Oakland fan (the engaging Steven Prescod) detracted from my romantic suspense expectations. In retrospect, I think that subplot deserves being made into a movie of its own.
Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid blind. --- William Shakespeare.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. --- Mark Twain
(Released by Vertical Entertainment and rated “R” for language including sexual references and brief drug use.)
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