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
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Kilmer was great playing a blind man who is given his sight and has no idea how to react to it. His performance at least is something everyone should see.
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 ›
Based on a story by Oliver Sacks about a real-life couple, the story begins when construction designer Amy decides to take a vacation from work and go to a health and beauty spa for the weekend. Driving along snowy roads, she arrives that same night, and the next morning, she goes in for a therapeutical massage. Not only is the massage therapist a blind man named Virgil, but he is also able to make her cry not five minutes into the session, and from this moment on, the two become inseparable. Upon returning to the city, Amy comes across the name of a doctor who wishes to restore site to someone willing to be the first for the surgery.
Up until this point, the story has already built up a momentus amount of emotions, most of them happy in relation to the budding relationship between Amy and Virgil, and a small amount of grief when we realize the pain the Virgil went through in the early years of his life as his father tried everything to get his son to see. Virgil's simple yet complex view upon the world is, at times, tear-jerking, especially in the abandoned building of his town where he and Amy escape to listen to the rain.Read more ›
Despite the film's nearly 130-minute running time, the story feels rushed. An hour should have been devoted to Sorvino and Kilmer's budding romance and allowing the audience to take emotional stock of their situation, with the second hour focusing on the complications that ensue following the operation. For a theatrical treatment, it all feels so "Movie-of-the-Weekish". Both Kilmer and Sorvino are accomplished performers, and quite frankly they deserved better. The biggest problem lies with the script. The characters are not three-dimensional, and everyone says what they mean (yeah, right - just like in reality), and if they don't someone else says it for them. Nothing is left up to the audience, it's merely presented to us. A story like this requires far more complexity and emotional depth. One gets the impression the film was rushed or taken away from the director during post-production.
One can only wonder how this story would have fared under the cinematic microscopic scrutiny of Atom Egoyan.
Most recent customer reviews
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 and A
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
I am a fan of both actors but especially Mira Sorvino as of late. The two have a great chemistry in this movie and it was done so well that I was drawn in emotionally as well. Read morePublished on July 16 2000 by Craig A Simons
My husband of 12 years is blind from diabete's and dwindling health. We watched a movie about a blind man on our first date. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2000 by Fran