Lest the setup of "My Blind Brother" begin to sound too inspiring in terms of overcoming physical limitations and sacrificing one's own desires for a loved one, it must be pointed out that neither Bill nor Robbie particularly seem to like each other. He also resents that Robbie uses him as something akin to a guide dog and that no one seems to notice his role in Robbie's efforts.
As for the brother's feelings toward Bill, Robbie gives a big speech after a marathon-length run.
Then one morning he wakes up and discovers he can see the curtains, and the trees outside.
It’s not a miracle — the doctor says his pituitary tumor has shrunk – but for James it feels like his humility has been divinely rewarded.
Danny's brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is essentially a pimp, and his shrink (Jane Seymour) is a sexually frustrated spinster who strips her clothes off in his presence.
Neither of these things are particularly funny, yet the film keeps coming back to them in an attempt to mine a few cheap laughs.
Their pillow talk, combined with the low-toned warmth of their voices, speak of deep closeness and affection, and they’re a tight family with young son Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).
James prays daily, voicing his gratitude for such a wonderful life.
Crossing barriers of age, class, race and culture, their initially hesitant attraction soon blossoms into a highly charged affair, with a frisson of S&M and plenty of spontaneous rough sex in rain-slicked public alleyways. The overfamiliar cuture-clash plot feels similarly underpowered, only hinting at the tangled layers of unexamined racism and exotic mutual attraction that bind Frankie and Kahil together.Klimkiewicz starkly illustrates the cultural and economic gulf between Frankie and Kahil through their very different homes: She lives alone in a palatial apartment in Bristol’s leafy upscale suburbs, while he occupies one cramped room in a shared inner-city house. There was scope here for a prickly debate about the morality of drone warfare, state surveillance and attitudes to Islam among Western liberals, but the filmmakers drop these threads in favor of a fairly routine thriller.But their lusty romantic adventure soon curdles into politically charged mistrust as Kahil’s shaky backstory starts to unravel. This story is military-industrial, but not complex.One of the most satisfying elements of the film is the way the director captures, visually and aurally, a sense of closeness between characters.At the start, as only shifting shapes of light appear on screen, audiences hear the voices of James (Dan Stevens), blind since youth, and his wife Samantha (Malin Akerman).