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Asylum Blackout (I) (2011)
"The Incident" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  4 May 2012 (USA)
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A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.

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Lynn
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Max
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Pete
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The Pill Inmate
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In 1989, in Washington, the friends George, Max and Ricky are aspirant musicians that play in a band in their leisure time. They work as cooks in the Sans Asylum to earn money to pay their bills, including renting a studio to record their songs. The asylum is located in an isolated area and is monitored by a team led by the security guard J.B. The deranged inmates are criminals and they take pills to stay calm. One day, George has a concert during the night but J.B. asks him to arrive early in the morning to receive the supplies for the kitchen. George leaves his girlfriend Lynn without sleeping and heads to the asylum. While he is preparing the meals for the insane inmates with his colleagues, there is a storm and a power outage in the area and the monitoring system fails. With the mental hospital in the darkness, the inmates led by the cruel Harry Green attack the guards and staff. George and the other kitchen workers hide from the horde of violent madmen. Will they survive? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the lights go down, the inmates will rise.

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Josh Dallas was cast as George and was ready to shoot the film in November 2010, but unfortunately production had to move their dates to the middle of January 2011. Dallas couldn't make it work with his schedule and had to leave the project. Rupert Evans replaced him. See more »

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Slow, dim-witted and anything but thrilling...
10 August 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"The Incident" (aka "Asylum Blackout") turned out to be nothing at all as to what I had expected it to be. Especially with the rating it had scored here on IMDb.

The story is about a group of cooks at an asylum for deranged criminals. The cooks get trapped in the dark bowels of the asylum one day as the power disappears, and with the inmates on the prowl, neither cooks nor asylum staff are safe.

Well, the story was adequate, but it just trotted along in a slow, dull pace and never really picked up pace before the last 10 minutes of the movie or so. And oddly enough, this is also where all that was enjoyable took place. Well, right up to the ending, which was just a slap in the face to the audience.

The good part about the movie is the atmosphere in the asylum, both with and without power. With the power on, the atmosphere was clinical and depressive. However, with the power off, the atmosphere became brooding and sinister. Both were actually nicely done here - just a shame the rest of the movie failed.

The acting in the movie was good enough, given the fact that people didn't have the best of script to work with. Nothing out of the ordinary here though, mind you.

"The Incident" is not really a particularly great movie, it was slow and uneventful to say the least. If you enjoy a good scare or a good thrill, then I would suggest you find it elsewhere, because "The Incident" has neither. The 85 minutes the movie ran for seemed much longer, as the movie had a tendency to drag on and take forever to actually go nowhere.

If you read the trivia section for "The Incident" here on IMDb, you will notice it says: "Two people fainted during the premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival." This just had me laughing, fainting from what? Because there was nothing scary about this movie at all. And I didn't know you could faint from being bored out of your mind.


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