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Three people from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a stalled elevator. What at first seems like an inconvenience rapidly escalates into a nightmare.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Amber Tamblyn ... Claudia
Aidan Gillen ... Karl
Armie Hammer ... Tommy
Katie Stuart Katie Stuart ... Francesca
Alvaro Roque Alvaro Roque ... Boy in Yellow Boots
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Arnold ... Homeless man
Claudia Bassols ... Pretty Woman
Peggy Batchelor Peggy Batchelor ... Allison
Rubén Castro Rubén Castro ... Maintenance Man
Leslie Charles Leslie Charles
Kate Jennings Grant ... Sister-in-law
Erin Guzowski Erin Guzowski ... Karl's Wife
Luana Lauverski Luana Lauverski ... Nurse
Beatriz Martínez Beatriz Martínez ... Young Claudia
Jane Partridge Jane Partridge ... Chloe
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Storyline

Three strangers are trapped inside an elevator in an empty apartment building during a blackout. The asthmatic Claudia is traumatized with the accident with her beloved grandmother due to a moment of distraction. Karl is a widow doctor that loves his daughter. Tommy is a young man that has just accidentally killed the violent father of his girlfriend Francesca while protecting her and is planning to runaway to Paris with her. The tension of group escalates to a nightmare when one of the strangers shows that is a psychopath and sadistic serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terror. Elevated. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic bloody violence including a rape, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(European Film Market) | (PAL DVD) | (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At 12:20 when the motorcycle pulls up, the boom operator, boom mic, & crew are visible in the chrome on the back of the cycle's mirror. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karl: There is no chance. No destiny. No fate. There's only what you take from the world. And what the world takes from you.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 31 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of sexual torture including a woman being raped and her breasts cut with a scalpel. See more »

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References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

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Has potential
24 February 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

BLACKOUT is another low budget B-movie thriller with bags of potential but little thought process gone into the execution. Thus this is a film that looks cheap throughout, and which becomes boring not long after you start watching. This is because the whole movie is padded out with flashbacks to explore the characters of the three people trapped in the lift, flashbacks which add little except to increase the running time.

Cast-wise, the film is in firm hands with the presence of Aidan Gillen (GAME OF THRONES), but sadly the actors can't do a lot with what are relatively one dimensional characters. There's violence here but very little suspense, and the dark cinematography fails to make much of the setting or indeed to bring out the claustrophobia inherent in the situation. For a better trapped-in-a-lift movie, check out ELEVATOR.


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