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Blind Spot

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Blind Spot

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
James Franco, Laura Linney, Joanne Woodward, Allison Janney, Ming-Na
director:
Michael Toshiyuki Uno
author:
Nina Shengold
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Joanne Woodward’s performance lifts this Hallmark Hall of Fame production above the teary-little-TV-movie level. Woodward stars as a congresswoman whose glowing upper-middle-class life is shaken when her son-in-law (Reed Diamond) is killed in a car crash, and she learns that her pregnant, now-widowed daughter (Laura Linney, of Lorenzo’s Oil) has been regularly consuming cocaine. Woodward goes through a rapid array of emotions — sorrow, anger, fear for the futures of both her daughter and her granddaughter.

You realize pretty early on that Blind Spot is going to drag you through the usual made-for-television catharses. But Woodward’s understated yet forceful acting, particularly in tandem with Fritz Weaver, playing her husband, brings to the movie an emotional impact it otherwise would never achieve. B