At First Sight (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
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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.
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Good movie, worth the viewing..........
Diego R. Rodriguez
Mrs. Jennings is constantly making reprints of pictures of Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino's visit to there house a couple of years ago. Everyone I know who has worked at the store I work at has at one time been in possession of one of the pictures because Mrs. Jennings loves to make copies of them and pass them out. I guess it was her 15 minutes, and she's gonna spread it out into 1500 more. :). They are both good people I guess, but my main point here is how I experienced first hand how "hollywood" and most of the entertainment business can't stop ruining good stories. They refuse to belive that real life can be interesting. Instead they have to cast two well know actors to play two people who are nothing like them. They just want to sell sell sell. Which I guess isn't such a bad thing except there comes a point in time where everything becomes diluted and worn out and that is when people start looking for something real, and I hope it's soon because if I see another weird Tom Cruise movie or another remake of an old classic like the Spider Man or Scooby Doo movie that has just come out, I think I will just stop watching television and stop going to the movies all together.
It's about blind Virgil (Val Kilmer), who loves hockey-playing, and New Yorker Amy (Mira Sorvino), who meets Vigil at a hotel, and falls in love with him. As she found an article on the possibility of restoring sight, she suggests he take the chance (actually, the film tells that very few people had ragained their sight after long time of blindness). The operation succeeds, but it turns out much harder than he expected for Virgil to handle the situation with the newly given power of sight. For example, he cannot tell an real apple from a picture of an apple; or he cannot feel the distance between him and what he sees, so things coming in his direction would inevitably hit him in the head. Now he had to learn "seeing." The story is very good.
However, the script is too uneven. We don't need any episodes about Amy's ex-husband; though as Virgil's sister Kelly McGillis shows good performance, she sometimes delays the speed of the film, and seems to tell us too obvious things about Virgil's life. And most of all, the film is making a potentially tragic nature of the original story too sentimental. But as I said before, Kilmer and Sorvino both make such an amiable couple that you may forgive these shortcomings as the film goes on. And wait for always reliable Nethan Lane as a slightly eccentric therapist. He never fails to deliver the good moment though this time a little short.Read more ›
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Très bon drame sentimental avec Val Kilmer et Mira Sorvino. Le film est basé sur un fait vécu, ce qui lui donne à mon avis plus de valeur. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lucie Boutet
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 F
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