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Blackout (2008)

Jeffrey Wright , Zoe Saldana , Jerry LaMothe  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael B. Jordan, LaTanya Richardson
  • Directors: Jerry LaMothe
  • Writers: Jerry LaMothe
  • Producers: Andrea holmes Tompkins, Ashley Bell, Bonita Burrell, Carla Harris, Chris Bongirne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y7U99Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blackout" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes special
  • 2003 Blackout: True Stories
  • Deleted scenes
  • Meet the cast

Editorial Reviews

Set in the summer of 2003 when parts of America experienced a severe power outage, Blackout focuses on the eclectic residents of a New York neighborhood who fought--and banded together--to survive the ordeal. The 95-minute film focuses on the residents of a rundown apartment building, all of whom have issues that are exacerbated by the summer's sweltering heat. A lot happens in this movie, and that is also part of its downfall. There isn't enough time to get to know or care about all the tenants. And what viewers do discover just leads to more questions. Claudine (Zoe Saldana) and James (Sean Blakemore), have some issues to work through in their relationship, but it's unclear why they are living where they are when they could afford a nicer place in a different borough of New York. He has been unemployed since 9/11, but she appears to have a big-income job in Manhattan that could easily support them both. Their landlord Sol (Saul Rubinek) is the stereotypical greedy slumlord, while the building's maintenance man George (Melvin Van Peebles) is depicted in a saintly light. George is willing not only to forgive his backstabbing employer, but also offer him refuge when the blackout hits. The vignettes featuring C.J. (Michael B. Jordan), a young man with ambitions and dreams of a better life, hold the most promise, but end abruptly. Though there is some good acting by the actors playing the central characters, there isn't enough suspense or drama to sustain interest. With its melodramatic made-for-TV vibe, Blackout sells itself short by trying to accomplish too much in too little time. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

In summer 2003, America experienced the largest blackout in its history--widely reported as peaceful. But in Brooklyn's forgotten East Flatbush neighborhood, mayhem unfolded when the power shut down. This is the untold story of the blackout--a place where, as night fell, looters emerged, violence surfaced and residents feared for their lives.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasently surprised October 3, 2009
Blackout turned out to be a solid movie experience. I popped it in my DVD player, expecting low budget type quality and painful acting. To my surprise, I was glued to the TV and found myself shedding a tear or two in some parts. If you are into Sci-Fi, this movie is an urban reminiscent of the Twilight Zone's Monsters Are Due on Maple Street. That's the most I can give you without completely giving away the plot.

To the reviewer who said that this movie was doing too much in too little time, I totally disagree. The acting was very engaging from the start, and very similar to the movie Crash in terms of numerous subplots with the characters. However, it was easy to follow and highly relatable, especially if you are a native New Yorker. Watch the movie!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fortunately I wasn't living in any of the cities that were affected by the Blackout in 2003 and after watching this film, I am most thankful. I always wondered how volatile things actually were in certain cities and as with any crisis, situations bring out the best and worst of people. Blackout's well-written script and characterization of the community really provided a 'true-to-life' story of the 7 state blackout of 2003. But then again, any production that includes such talented actors as Jeffrey Wright, veterans Melvin Van Pebbles, LaTanya Richardson and Saul Rubinek would predictably see honest portrayals of native New Yorkers. However, each actor in this indie production certainly carried their weight resulting in a well-crafted movie that offers a convincing tale to an otherwise brief dark sport in U.S. city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D A * !! December 22, 2008
By zeak
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I t is sad to see a group of people broaden there personality at expence of some elses life.This story reminds me of how fragil our lives can be when the unexpected happens around a "quick" to think atmosphere and individuals.With no remorse! A MUST SEE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories !! June 19, 2008
Good flick that reminded you of where you were @ that particular time ESPECIALLY if you were in New York . Good flick & realistic occurences !!
Another one for the DVD collection .
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