Blind Date

A blind man experimenting with a new technology that accentuates his perception finds ways to tail a serial killer.

 

United Kingdom
Greece
1984
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Lurer
5.04
Go it blind.
6
4
6
5.04
2
3
3
Performances
Effects
Plot
This movie gets boobs and bums by us every chance it gets, and very early on. Joseph Bottoms, the lead actor, has two crucial objectives: gaining our sympathy and looking credible as a blind detective. This is an ambitious script with a complicated story, but he pulls it off nicely. Kirstie Alley has a support role. She’s not the star she would become, yet.
I love how quickly this erotic thriller turns into science fiction in the second act, throwing off anyone who second-guessed it. The more you invest yourself in this film, the more it breaks its own mold. Can’t say that this aged particularly well. If 1980s computer science looked any better then, though, we’d be time traveling by now! The pre-internet CG previsualization, here, is cringeworthy.
That being said, Blind Date is The Lawnmower Man eight years prior. It’s completely far-fetched, but we get the picture. Nico Mastorakis is a jack of all trades and master of none. He’s competent with photography, directing, writing, but the whole isn’t greater than the sum of his parts. The end result is entertaining but hyper convoluted. It’s like you’re watching three movies in one.
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