Land of the Blind
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The debut film by director Robert Edwards, Land of the Blind, is a political satire starring Ralph Fiennes as a military man who helps overthrow his government. He does so at the urging of a political prisoner, played by Donald Sutherland, who has been outspoken about the corruption of the current regime. The soldier learns that corruption may in fact be an inevitable part of having power. Set in an unnamed country without ever giving indication of a specific time period, the allegorical film had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The only matter that interests is the question of Fiennes's presence in this political lesson for children."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Writer-director Robert Edwards frantically throws in references to Orwell (Animal Farm and 1984), Lady Macbeth, Yeats, Mao, etc."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"one of the most politically essential films of the year, almost as significant as Terry Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The Who did it better in We Won't Get Fooled Again"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland as terrorist co-operatives? This is not a joke nor Hollywood's remake of Paradise now, but the biggest sales point of the Land of the Blind."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"About as subtle as its all too obvious title would suggest."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Robert Edward's satirical allegory shamelessly borrows ideas from Orwell's 1984, then tramples them into the dust."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Strident, bombastic parable."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Is this what we have stooped to for leftist political films? Robert Edwards' film for one reason or another really thinks it's saying something."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"An indelible portrait of the contradictions of power."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If satire is the thing that closes on Saturday night, then political satire is usually doomed to close one night earlier. In the case of a pretentious monstrosity called Land of the Blind, it's a miracle it ever opened at all."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A sour satirical cocktail blended with ingredients oft-used in the recipes of Terry Gilliam and Paul Verhoeven."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"A labored pastiche of familiar dystopian motifs that beats the same, totalitarian-themed drum over and over again."
‑ Timothy Knight,
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