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Amy's blind masseur Virgil becomes her new boyfriend. When a miraculous operation retores Virgil's sight, the two discover that even the most wonderful of life's gifts can come with a price and that both of them must now look at the world in a whole new l
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 19-DEC-2000
Media Type: DVD
The tagline states, "Only love can bring you to your senses." Well, your senses have to be pretty dulled to love At First Sight. On paper the story--based on the writings of medical writer extraordinaire Oliver Sacks (Awakenings)--is intriguing: a blind man regains sight after surgery yet can never connect with what he sees, including a lovely new girlfriend. Indeed, maybe blind was better. From such interesting stuff (and a talented cast) comes a tepid love story and an unconvincing drama.
Val Kilmer plays Virgil, a serene resort worker who plays hockey in the dark and is the best masseur this side of the Catskills. Onto his table comes Amy, a bone-weary NYC architect (Mira Sorvino) who cries the first time Virgil does his magic. Instead of a voyage into the world of blindness, Amy's first instinct is to take Virgil to an eye doctor who can restore sight (Bruce Davison). Virgil receives sight, crumbling the trust between him and Amy. The clichés start building up and by the time Amy is wooed by her ex-husband (Steven Weber), her boss no less, one's patience wears thin.
The medical curiosities of the story--Virgil can see an item but can't grasp what it is until he touches it--do not translate well on screen. The film's liveliest character is Nathan Lane as a teacher of the blind. A scene with Virgil that gets to the heart of his ailment is so filled with spontaneity, one wonders if it was scripted or simply Lane's own extemporaneous dialogue. After an admirable start as a director (Guilty by Suspicion), Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler has not been able to put cinematic highs or believable angst into his films (The Net, Night in the City). At First Sight may look good, but it is blind where it counts. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There were parts of this movie that will make you wish that you were blind(and deaf) these are just all the parts that Mira Solvino was around for, I'm sorry she just can't do... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by General Pete
A sentimental true life story.Simply wonderful and touching.
I really felt sorry for "Virgil(Val Kilmer)" but thanks God things went at least a bit better for him... Read more
I love Oliver Sack's writings. He is a real intellectual who also writes beautiful prose about strange yet beautiful world of neurology. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by S & A. Fourdrinier
Charming little movie about an architect (Mira Sorvino) whom falls in love with a blind Massage therapist (Val Kilmer) whilst on holliday at a weekend retreat. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by Amazon Customer
A Blind Musseur named Virgil (Val Kilmer), been blind by the age of Three, his older Sister (Kelly McGillis). Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2002 by Christian Pelchat
Never like Val kimmer, but I think he is good in this movie. I did not go to see this at the theater becuase I thought it would be a normal boring love story, now I think... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2001 by "skanok"