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Blackout (2008)

Three people from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a stalled elevator. What at first seems like an inconvenience rapidly escalates into a nightmare.

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Ed Dougherty (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amber Tamblyn ... Claudia
Aidan Gillen ... Karl
Armie Hammer ... Tommy
Katie Stuart Katie Stuart ... Francesca
Alvaro Roque Alvaro Roque ... Boy in Yellow Boots
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Arnold Jim Arnold ... Homeless man
Claudia Bassols ... Pretty Woman
Peggy Batchelor Peggy Batchelor ... Allison
Rubén Castro Rubén Castro ... Maintenance Man
Leslie Charles Leslie Charles
Kate Jennings Grant ... Sister-in-law
Erin Guzowski Erin Guzowski ... Karl's Wife
Luana Lauverski Luana Lauverski ... Nurse
Beatriz Martínez Beatriz Martínez ... Young Claudia
Jane Partridge Jane Partridge ... Chloe
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Storyline

Three strangers are trapped inside an elevator in an empty apartment building during a blackout. The asthmatic Claudia is traumatized with the accident with her beloved grandmother due to a moment of distraction. Karl is a widow doctor that loves his daughter. Tommy is a young man that has just accidentally killed the violent father of his girlfriend Francesca while protecting her and is planning to runaway to Paris with her. The tension of group escalates to a nightmare when one of the strangers shows that is a psychopath and sadistic serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terror. Elevated. See more »


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16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapados See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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(European Film Market) | (PAL DVD) | (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

On Elizabeth's tombstone it says her last name is "Madox", but when we see her husband Karl in his car there's a closeup of his ID which says his last name is "Maddox". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karl: There is no chance. No destiny. No fate. There's only what you take from the world. And what the world takes from you.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 31 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of sexual torture including a woman being raped and her breasts cut with a scalpel. See more »

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References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

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Didn't hold my attention
28 July 2008 | by FreWeCoSee all my reviews

First of all this is not a horror movie! I've sat trough this entire movie waiting for the 'horror' but it never came. This movie is really, really bad. I don't mean that in a cool Michael Jackson-1987- music video type of way. This movie is more a thriller, with a lot of drama in it. The movie is one hour and ten minutes. To me it felt like it was over two hours. A terrible script made it impossible for me to like this movie.

The movie is about three people who are stuck in an elevator. As time goes by things get crazier and crazier. The plot itself is a big plothole. Without giving it away, in this day and age, it's simply not possible to get stuck in an elevator like that. The viewer will notice this along the way, and this certainly doesn't do the credibility of this movie any good.

For a movie that is straight to DVD I was pleasantly surprised with the visuals. Not once, did I get the feeling that this is a struggling movie. It's beautifully shot. The tone is dark. You could see the director put time and effort in the making of this movie.

The first minutes looked promising but then something changed. It began showing flashbacks. I was cool with this because it gave a little backstory on the characters. But the flashbacks kept going on and on in this movie. The problem with this is that it killed the pacing of this movie. It almost felt like I was watching drama. It wasn't what I expected of this movie and there was almost no real suspense till near the end.

The dialogue is cloggy a lot of the times and interesting some of the times. Acting was bad on some parts in the beginning and got better after I think 20 minutes. As a matter of fact, one character annoyed me endlessly .The movie tries to develop the characters but doesn't do a good job. Because it's so slow paced, I lost interest in the characters. The backstories just aren't interesting.

I didn't like the 'big revelation' near the end. You know the part of the movie where all the pieces of the puzzles fit together. I expected something bigger and intriguing. I was searching for some redemption, some reward for sitting trough this mess, but it was so predictable and rushed.

Bottom line: It's garbage. A big, smelly one. With a bunch of flies on it.

2/10


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