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by Chris Parry

"Any film featuring Aidan Quinn, no matter how good, feels like a TV movie."
3 stars

Michael Apted's slightly erotic thriller Blink is a very mixed bag. Featuring a fantastic performance by Madeleine Stowe as a recently unblinded blind woman, it's a film that seduces you into thinking there's going to be a big whodunnit pay-off, but then keeps you hanging around while it enjoys a little romance, then a little more, then... oh, we should get back to the hunt for the killer now, right? It's a hard film to predict, but also a hard film to enjoy because what you want is rarely what it gives you - except Madeleine Stowe taking her shirt off. It gives you that.

Stowe plays a woman who has been blind for twenty years, only to receive some donor eye parts and end up being able to almost see. As she's adjusting to her new vision, she hears, then sees (out of focus) a murderer escaping from the upstairs apartment.

First to laugh at her story is the local detective, played by Aidan Quinn. Get out of here, blind woman, we have donuts to gnaw! But it isn't long before the body begins to stink, which means the hunt is now on for the bad guy.

Most problematic for this flick is the way it depends on, then throws away, the various twists in the tale. We're continually reminded of how Stowe's character hates mirrors (her mother blinded her with one - don't ask me how), yet that never amounts to more than a few minutes of side-tracking and a few lines of dialogue.

Ditto, it seems Stowe is under such a threat from the killer that she needs a policeman camped at her door, yet she doesn't feel the need to have her friends near her... ever. In fact, for a woman who plays the fiddle in a semi-famous band, this is one lonely ass chick. If I had new eyes, I'd go out and see everything I'd never been able to see before, but this chick just takes in a basketball game and watches fuzzy TV. Way to utilize those new peepers!

Also problematic is Aidan Quinn, not because he blows, but just because it's tough to take him seriously. Even in his career highlight films, he always has a look about him that just yells 'straight to video'. He'll always be 'Desperately Seeking Susan' Guy to me.

With a finale that ends matters all too easily, Blink turns out to be a disappointment. It's far from garbage and it's well worth a look-see if it comes on around midnight (don't expect to see the several nude scenes on US TV), but it could have been a lot more.

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8/27/10 Mack I have seen it, and it is amazing! 5 stars
9/19/03 Laura Stuart Never seen but, If James Remar is in it, I like it!!!!!!!! 5 stars
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