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Blackout
Blackout
Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Armie Hammer
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2009     2hr 0min

THREE PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN THE ELEVATOR OF A DESERTED BUILDING - AND ONE OF THEM IS A PSYCHOPATHIC SERIAL KILLER.

     
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Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Armie Hammer
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Black out is a claustrophobic experience
David Carney | POINT PLEASANT | 01/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I viewed this after comming home from My Bloody Valentine showing and its a good little movie.A man who works in a hospital,another man who carries a knife,and a woman who has asthma are trapped in an elevator when the power goes out during the summer.Like caged animals loosing air,no food and one bottle of water these three are trying to survive anyway they can.Its brutal but enjoyable."
Amber Tamblyn Trapped in a Bad Film
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 02/15/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Three strangers are trapped in an elevator and they all have their reasons to hurry. They are Claudia (Amber Tamblyn), Karl (Aidan Gillen) and Tommy (Armie Hammer) - and these three ordinary persons might not be what they appear.

"Blackout" directed by Rigoberto Castañeda begins with an intriguing premise, and then quickly loses steam and stalls out. "Blackout" clearly wants to be a psychological thriller between Claudia, Karl and Tommy, perhaps something riveting like Polanski's "Death and the Maiden." But there is little dramatic tension in interactions between the three characters. After all, all they can do is wait in, or attempt to get out the elevator.

However, the main storyline about the three characters in a stalled elevator is frequently interrupted by flashbacks (revealing what they had been doing prior to the elevator accident), so the inside of the elevator car looks hardly claustrophobic. Also, because of this heavy-handed narrative, we don't feel the lapse of time, which should be one of the key factors in creating tension. Moreover, the back stories of each character are not very interesting, and even worse, it is predictable.

It is reported that the film was originally 120 minutes long. I just saw the 85 minute version. Sorry to say this, but 85 minutes is still too long."