Time: 124 mins.
I have to admit that I'm generally a big fan of Val Kilmer's. I know he's supposed to be a real bastard prima donna in real life, but that's not all that unsual in performers, so I can forgive him as long as he is wonderful onscreen. AT FIRST SIGHT may not be beneath his talent, but it certainly isn't a film that's going to showcase it either. It's understandable that most actors want to play a character that's either mentally or physically handicapped it truly allows them to explore and become something they definitely are not but maybe there should be a good story behind the character as well.
In this case there is, Virgil becomes one of the few blind people to ever regain their eyesight, but it's such a mish-mash of genres it never really solidifies into anything real. The romance is too depressing and the medical stuff is just waved over. It could have blended better if the filmmakers just concentrated on the love story and his feelings about being able to see for the first time. We don't care about his family problems and her job. They have nothing to do with the meat of this story how do these two people keep their love alive when they expect completely different things out of this miracle.
And a miracle it is. Virgil (Kilmer) has been blind since he was a toddler with only one major sight memory (which has a big discovery moment in the last part of the film, that I, unlike Mira Sorvino's character figured out the minute he described it). He's a massage therapist who gives Amy (Sorvino) the massage of her life in more ways than one. She doesn't initially realize that he's blind, but once she does it doesn't seem to matter. He's cute with a great personality. She can't help falling for him. (The idea of free massages for life helped push her along I'm sure.) They have dinner, take a few walks and eventually sleep together. She tells a friend that she actually feels like he's getting to know the real Amy.