Blackout

1978

Action / Thriller

101
IMDb Rating 4.8 10 376

Synopsis


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Cast

Belinda Montgomery as Annie Gallo
James Mitchum as Child
June Allyson as Mrs. Grant
Peter MacNeill as Principal Erwin
720p.BLU
843.36 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
92 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Coventry 5 / 10 / 10

Where were the thugs when the lights went out?

The factual and notorious 1977 New York City blackout (thank you, Wikipedia) clearly worked inspirational quite fast! Not even a year later came this raw, gritty and low-budgeted Canadian exploitation flick directed by Eddy Matalon ("Cathy's Curse") and co-produced by Ivan Reitman ("Cannibal Girls", "Ghostbusters"). "Blackout" certainly isn't a great or even memorable thriller, but it stars a couple of familiar faces and features a handful of notably sadistic sequences. When all electricity falls out in New York City, as a result of a heavy thunderstorm, four dangerous criminals manage to escape from a prison transport van and entrench themselves in a luxurious apartment block. The building homes a variety of tenants (including a wealthy elderly couple, a terminally ill patient on life support, an 8- months pregnant lady and a magician with dog) and there's a big fat Greek wedding party at the top floor. With a devastating crime spree and tons of looting going on in the darkened city streets, tough copper Dan Evans finds himself all alone and without any chance for back-up to battle the thugs inside the apartment tower. Especially during the first half hour, "Blackout" is slow-paced and rather uneventful. All characters, including the insignificant supportive ones, are extendedly introduced before the actual power failure, so it seemingly takes ages before something interesting happens. The 1977 blackout became legendary because of the looting and unseen chaos in New York, but these factual aspects are only hinted at in the film and briefly illustrated through – I think – stock footage. I presume there wasn't enough budget to shoot a thriller on the streets, but an apartment complex under siege is a cool alternative. The villainous quartet initially doesn't seem very menacing, but they nevertheless pull off a number of brutish tricks, like rape and execution. Terrific finale, too! Particularly the oddly cast Robert Carradine ("Revenge of the Nerds") is shockingly cold-blooded as the lead gangster, and the fairly unknown Don Granberry is memorable as the (pyro-) maniacal and constantly giggling lunatic Chico. Personal favorite of mine Ray Milland briefly appears – as he did numerous of times during the final years of his rich career – as an embittered old tyrant.

Reviewed by HumanoidOfFlesh 8 / 10 / 10

New York enshrouded by darkness.

All the lights are gone in New York during a citywide power failure.Four dangerous criminals escape from the prison bus and hide in a posh apartment building owned by wealthy Ray Milland.The convicts begin to terrorize the residents and it's up to Jim Mitchum to stop the orgy of violence and abuse...I haven't seen Eddy Matalon's tedious "Cathy's Curse" yet,but "Blackout" is a pretty tense exploitation thriller.The action is exciting and the cast is impressive.The few scenes of violence are quite hard-hitting.If you are into 70's gritty and washed out excursions into urban paranoia give "Blackout" a chance.This obscure flick deserves to be seen.8 blackouts of 10.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10 / 10

A very tense and effective little thriller

A gang of dangerous and ferocious criminals led by the shrewd and ruthless Christie (a genuinely chilling portrayal by Robert Carradine, who's excellent in a rare full-blown villainous part) terrorize the hapless residents of a deluxe high-rise apartment during the infamous 1977 New York City power blackout. It's up to brave cop Dan Evans (a fine and credible performance by Jim Mitchum) to save the day. Director Eddy Matalon, working from a tight and absorbing script by John C.W. Saxton, relates the gripping story at a brisk pace, builds a substantial amount of nerve-rattling suspense, and maintains an appropriately tough, gritty, and serious tone throughout. The bad guys are a memorably foul and frightening bunch: Don Granberry as giggly, volatile nutcase Chico, Terry Haig as slimy rapist Eddy, and Victor B. Tyler as mute hulking brute Marcus. The sound acting from a tip-top cast keeps this picture humming: Mitchum and Carradine both do sterling work in the leads, with able support from Belinda Montgomery as the plucky Annie Gallo, June Allyson as the kindly Mrs. Grant, Jean-Pierre Aumont as suave French magician Henri, and Ray Milland as sour rich old grouch Richard Stafford. The moments of sudden ugly violence pack a pretty harsh punch. The climactic confrontation between Evans and Christie in a parking garage is extremely exciting and well staged. This movie deserves extra praise for its evenly balanced presentation of how a crisis situation brings out both the best and worst in people. Jean-Jacques Tarbes' sharp cinematography boats several impressive panoramic shots of the city. Didier Vasseur's robust score hits the rousing spot. A worthwhile film.

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