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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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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 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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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 »


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

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 May 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapados See more »

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Altadena, California, USA See more »

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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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On Elizabeth's tombstone it says her last name is "Madox", but when we see her husband Karl in his car there's a closeup of his ID which says his last name is "Maddox". See more »

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[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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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 Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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A bit too shallow...
9 January 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

It should be said that the stage was set up for a potentially great thriller here; three strangers trapped in an elevator during a blackout, one of which is carrying a deadly secret.

So why am I rating "Blackout" a mere four out of ten stars? Well, because director Rigoberto Castañeda didn't manage to establish a working sense of claustrophobia, even when every ingredient was served on a platter. As such, the movie suffered terribly.

Another aspect that dragged the movie down was the lack of properly detailed characters. The audience were given a series of random flashbacks to each character, but these just told why the people were in the elevator, not adding any layers to whom they were, except for the killer.

The acting in "Blackout" was adequate, but Aidan Gillen was carrying the majority of the movie with his performance. You might actually say that this was his movie singlehandedly.

"Blackout" ended up as a below average thriller, which was a shame because it really did have potential to be so much more.


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