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Oct. 12, 2022United States81 Min.TV-MA
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John Cain ( Josh Duhamel ) wakes up in a hospital in Mexico. Of course, he doesn’t know that – he doesn’t even know who he is. After being pushed off the street one night by strangers and shot at, he was not only in a ditch but also in a coma. A woman ( Abbie Cornish ) sits by his bedside and introduces herself as his wife Anna. For a long time, however, John doesn’t have any doubts about this, because he soon realizes that both the police and the drug cartel are after him. He doesn’t know how and why, but he knows all the better that he urgently needs some answers if he wants to guarantee his survival…

The main character wakes up not knowing where he is, who he is, or who he can trust. After all, the flick doesn’t start directly with this scene but is preceded by an introduction in which the accident occurs, as a result of which the protagonist played by Josh Duhamel ends up in the hospital – more on that later. Other than that, everything else is running in a predictable direction, even if Blackout seems to be conceited about its twists. Likewise, he doesn’t seem to be that interested in his story at all. For her debut screenplay, Van B. Nguyenthe advised first-time authors to only write about things they know, perhaps taken a little too literally. This does not mean simply reformulating your favorite films.

In the hands of an experienced director, Blackout might have worked despite the reprocessing of well-known plot lines. Dressed to Kill is a prime example of a film that, through the skillful staging of a script that is familiar in itself, steps out of the shadow of the role models and becomes an independent work. Whereby “Routined” probably arouses false associations, after all, we have to remember the words of Kurt Tucholsky: “You can do something wrong for twenty years.” For director Sam Macaroni, Blackout although this is only his second feature film, he has already directed around 90 short films. The routine should therefore be present in moderation, even if the direct transfer from short to long film is admittedly not necessarily given.

Original title Blackout
IMDb Rating 3.8 3,105 votes
TMDb Rating 5.559 76 votes


Sam Macaroni


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