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The Blackout [VHS] (1997)

Matthew Modine , Claudia Schiffer , Abel Ferrara  |  R |  VHS Tape
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer, Béatrice Dalle, Sarah Lassez, Dennis Hopper
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois, Marla Hanson
  • Producers: Alan Amiel, Alessandro Camon, Clayton Townsend, Edward R. Pressman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RVJS

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep dive into human loss and desperation January 12, 2002
This movie is mainly about a guy who gets trapped into drug and alcohol abuse but manages to escape it. Somehow, as in real life, the your history will never be erased and he is trapped again in tragic circumstances with his new wife, pregnancy, memory loss from his 'wild days'. This film will not give much to viewer which has not experienced heavy drinking or drug use. For those which has bad experiences or any experience at all, will have a wake-up call and hopefully watch this film in awe. The film can be watched in the same session as 'Requiem for a dream', an uncredible film about drug abuse and the society that not only sells drugs 'illegally' but also a society in which one can get heavy drugs prescribed and legally.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For masochists only May 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a stylish but rather empty venture from Abel Ferrara. Familiar themes surface -- substance abuse, guilt, self-destruction -- but are offered in the service of a tale that simply didn't need to be told. Matthew Modine is an alcoholic debauching his way down the tunnel, surrounded by Hollywood decadence, include Dennis Hopper in a hardly-surprising role as a rather perverse corruptor. Ferrara made the point that evil can be very, erm, attractive in KING OF NEW YORK, and he did it without having to have quite as many naked women cavort about on screen (there's much of that here). Modine is talented, as are the supporting cast, but come the end of the film I had learned nothing, and the only pleasures I could identify myself as feeling were masochistic ones. Now, if you LIKE seeing movies about people's descent to the bottom, maybe you'll get off on this, but...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Abel's worst films May 2, 2008
Matty (Matthew Modine) is an actor with a great career and a hot French girlfriend named Annie. He is also an alcoholic and a major drug addict. He wants to settle down with Annie but she refuses his requests for marriage due to his addictions. This is what caused Annie to have an abortion. She didn't want their child to grow up with an addict for a father. Matty can't believe that Annie would do that and he taunts her by asking if it hurt when " they cut it out" of her body. He seems to forget that he is the one who suggested that she have an abortion. He is paranoid that she is sleeping with all of his friends despite her denying it. Annie grows tired of his abusive ways and leaves him. Dennis Hopper plays Matty's friend Mickey. He is a director who believes that all directors are as powerful as God. He thinks that the film he is making is an art film with serious ambitions. The film eventually turns into a snuff film full of sex, drugs, and violence. Matty and Mickey hop in Mickey's car and begin hitting up the bars looking for some women to film and have sex with. As Matty is having sex with one of the stars of Mickey's movie he whines endlessly about how much he loved Annie and wonders how he's going to live without her. He is too stoned to realize that Mickey is getting all of this on tape. The next morning Matty goes to a restaurant where he meets an attractive young waitress. Her name is Annie and Matty becomes obsessed with her. He asks her out that night and takes her to go see Mickey as he is editing his movie. Mickey starts calling her Annie 2. While Matty is off snorting some coke Mickey talks Annie into appearing in his movie. Something horrible happens to Annie 2 that night which is all caught on tape. Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitous obcenity and (very) soft porn August 28, 2010
A confusing silly mishmash of soft porn and filthy language topped off with a raving Dennis Hopper, who during a long period in his career appeared in a number of stinkers, apparently to pay the rent.
There is nothing of any artistic merit in this travesty of moviemaking - the editing, direction, story, music, photography and acting are all ludicrous and repellent, without exception. Matthew Modine, in his excessive kissing scenes seems to be wanting to prove something...if you make it past the early scene, I suppose you can survive the rest of the movie.
Well maybe there is one exception - Claudia Schiffer IS a sweetie and she deserved a better vehicle in her first major film role; she's tolerably competent and nice to look at. Unfortunately, her character is brutalized and abused for caring, and somehow she always comes back for more; maybe she's a masochist.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is terrible. June 4, 2006
Matthew Modine is a fantastic actor but lately it seems his fortunes have turned. He's rarely in anything decent and I guess his TV show "The Bedford Diaries" has been cancelled after 8 episodes. How low do you have to go to get cancelled from the WB?

Anyway, I was excited to find a film with Modine in the starring role that I had not seen.

This movie is terrible! I expected nothing and got it three-fold. I don't even know where to begin. The writing is bad and the characters just keep repeating their lines as though they can't believe the garbage they have to say. The plot is totally corny. I think the only reason I kept watching is because I don't recall ever seeing Modine so skeevy before and that was actually interesting.

But don't let that sway you.

Believe me, if I Could give this film negative stars, I totally would.
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