In the tradition of "Body Heat" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Blindness" cleverly works a variety of angles simultaneously, some of which are decoys, others of which are not. It's a surprisingly smart thriller given its almost theatrical constraints. Seductively eerie photography by cinematographer Rico Sands, a subtle but effective score by Mark Governor and elegant staging by co-writer/director Anna Chi lend the picture the feel of a classic noir, even as the story endeavors to sidestep genre expectations.
Performances, likewise, are uniformly solid, particularly Wu and Lu who appear together on-screen for the first time despite both having had roles in "The Last Emperor" and "The Joy Luck Club." Trivia-hounds will note a curious role reversal between their parts in "Blindness" and "The Joy Luck Club" in which Wu played Lu's mother in flashbacks. Starring Vivian Wu, Lisa Lu, Joe Lando and Chin Han. Directed by Anna Chi. Written by Jared Rappaport and Anna Chi. Produced by Karen Koch. A Pathfinder release. Psychological thriller. Unrated. Running time: 77 min