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- I like the plot, it makes sense and it's a great concept; what happens if your stuck in an asylum and the power goes out?
- My only negative critique would be that ****(SPOILER ALERT)**** the main character goes crazy at the end, so your kind of left to assume he made it out safely and eventually recovered.
-Great movie to add to your collection, i've watched this movie at least four times now and it still hasn't gotten old for me.
For the first hour I could see giving this a 5-star rating. but a little after an hour it changes and then fails. First hour plus was a tight story where a wanna-be rock group has their day job as cooks in a high security insane asylum. There's good characterization, filming, acting, pass, everything. Even through the beginning of the black out. Then, it seems, the writer couldn't figure where to go [or maybe he/she died and an inept person took over]. So, for a few minutes he/she said: "torture film! Yeah, that's the ticket." But then it dawned on him/her: "I don't want to make a torture film." By this time they'd killed off too many people. Thus the finish is... [wait for it]... "I can't process this, that crazy man got in my brain." And then it should have finished with Alice Cooper singing: "We're all crazy. Crazy, crazy, ...crazy" [From Alice's album: "From the inside"]
Anyhow, I could see inviting a bunch of friends over, at an hour stopping the film, [not talking about it, yet], and going out to eat. After the meal discussing what has taken place and where it should go. Go back watch the rest and then discuss how they failed and try to answer: "WHY?!" The first hour is really good.
The title tells everything about the story. Well, apparently. In "Asylum Blackout" (aka "The Incident") George, an aspiring rock musician (Rupert Evans), is seen working as a cook at the Sans Asylum. One night, while working at the asylum's kitchen with his friends and band members Max (Kenny Doughty) and Ricky (Joseph Kennedy), there is a power failure due to a storm, and they are trapped inside the facilities with the inmates, who start attacking the guards.
Director Alexandre Courtès (his feature debut) takes time in setting up the character of George - serious-minded and short of sleep - and does it very well. George is very tired and clearly needs a rest, while the story unfolds from his viewpoint. George says the riot is instigated by a certain inmate, but is it true?
"Asylum Blackout" has a few violent and gory torture scenes, but as the film's bizarre conclusion suggests, it obviously attempts to be something more than a survival horror, something more psychological. While the dimly-lit photography and stylish camerawork are effectively employed to represent the disturbing situations that surround George, there is also something wrong with the film's premise.
For, in order to make the film an engrossing psychological thriller, you need, besides atmospheric photography, better narrative skills in telling the story. While watching the chaos that is going on inside the asylum, we ask ourselves: how come these security guards are inadequately armed when they are supposed to deal with violent and dangerous inmates? Why do the police take such a long time to respond?
The film has potential for a more unnerving horror, but to create one you need a set-up that is more credible and intriguing.
As a giant thunderstorm rolls through the town, the power at the asylum goes out. The lights don't turn on, the security doors are useless and the phones are dead. Reluctant at first, the cooks decide to restore order and bring the wandering inmates back to their cells. George and his friends soon realize the inmates my be insane, but they are not stupid. With an almost methodical plan of attack, the prisoners slowly begin to take over the darkened asylum. Armed with whatever they can find, the criminaly insane hunt down the gaurds and cooks, all while inflicting some serious pain.
The overall production was seemless. The cimematography is absolutely top notch as not one frame from this film is out of place. The picture perfect lighting and color tone found within this film emphasizes the detail and dedication that went into this production. The acting is seriously some of the best to come from a low budget film in a long time. Rupert Evans, the actor playing George, is the dominate acting force in the movie. His performance was is true, beleivalbe and without hesitation. Be on the look out for more from Evans.
IFC Midnight comes through big time with their release of Asylum Blackout. Director Alexandre Courtes delivers the scares and the gore in new and inventive ways. The blood is plentyful and the deaths are to die for. Along with the great direction, the superb camera work and acting ensures this 2012 horror/thriller hits on all cylinders.
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This is one of those films I started watching with fairly low expectations. I was surprised, however, by the opening minutes, as I was immediately drawn in by the natural dialogue,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by EisNinE
Black comedy/torture porn indie 'Asylum Blackout' (2011) boasts decent production values, a workable horror concept (complete with spooky setting and gallons of blood), and... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Brian
After hearing slurs in the beginning including the repeated use of "retard" made it harder to watch, & for the most part wasn't needed. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Brandi
It's true that I love Asylum Blackout, but it's not without several very noticeable faults. I'm sure I'm forgetting several in my review. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Bryan
Story was interesting and original. Intense and at times horrifying. But the actors were unbelievable and annoying. Recommend checking out.Published on September 18, 2013 by Michael
Note to Hollywood and beyond: I've really grown tired with trick endings. It isn't that I don't like then because, frankly, I do. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Edward L Zimmerman