At First Sight

Jays Rating:

If you want to see a good movie and have your eyes opened to some of the challenges of the blind, see At First Sight. In this drama, Val Kilmer is a massage therapist named Virgil Adamson, who lost his sight when he was a year old as a result of cataracts and macular degeneration. Virgil is employed as a masseuse at a high-class health resort when a young architect named Amy, played by beautiful Mira Sorvino, appears wanting a massage. How come I never have this kind of luck?! The next day, Amy sees Virgil outside the lodge and she hurries over to thank him for being so nice to her. She holds out her hand to shake his and he pats her on the shoulder. She looks at him more closely and realizes for the first time that Virgil was blind. That’s a trick I would like to learn; a blind man picking out the most beautiful woman in the city. The more time she spends with him, the more she becomes aware of the obstacles encountered by a blind person. (The bruises on my shins are a dead give-away.) Amy searches extensively for a possible cure for Virgil’s blindness, and she locates a doctor who feels confident that surgery will correct the problem. Virgil was apprehensive, but finally left for New York to have the operation. Just as Virgil thought his life was back on track, the doctor delivered more news. This movie is a roller coaster of emotions. It jumps around from rejoicing to sadness and from frustration to confusion. The plot was good, but there was absolutely no chemistry between Val and Mira. I give it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.