Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Robert Davis Sanders
Barbara Streifel Sanders
and Ian Malcolm
What's it about
A bunch of folks gather for a dinner party for Christmas dinner during a massive black out which an alien invasion occurs. It’s sorta like Die Hard meets Alien. But not really.
Is it good movie?
I don’t know the background info on The Blackout, but I know two things. It was done on a budget and it matches anything I’ve seen on Syfy Channel lately. Of course, that really isn’t an endorsement or a rejection of the film, that’s just the way it feels. Connecting anything to an original SyFy production means its either laughably bad or utterly unwatchable. But The Blackout isn't the former or the latter as it tries its best to be dramatic and interesting, but it tries a little too hard. The film balances the above average horror sequences with cute little family moments and small scenes designed to “define” the characters. I know this happens in all movies, but sometimes those scenes are more obvious than others. And that happens too often here.
But now that I think about it that's the sort of thing that often happens in the land of little budgets. Everything feels a bit obvious. The acting, while believable and professional, never feels top notch, which means it never feels real. The directing, never a distraction, never really stands out. As for the alien that appears in the basement and starts to work its way through the apartment complex, well, it is what it is. Low budget, yet effective. I don’t think anyone is going to confuse it with Alien anytime soon, but with that said, a few great action sequences still happen, which keeps the tension and momentum moving. It all makes for a decent flick that never breaks new ground, yet never bored me either. Now that I think about it, this is what a SyFy original production should be.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of good sound (didn't list it)
The Blackout is the type of flick I used to watch on a Saturday afternoon when I had nothing better to do and didn’t really want to think. It’s filled with clichés, but sometimes clichés work out fine. Just never expect any new surprises.