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    The Blackout

    Loon over Miami

    Matthew Modine plays an out-of-control actor on a drug-and-drink binge in Miami in the pointless "The Blackout" by the director of "King of New York."


    "The Blackout" is a complete waste. With vacuous dialogue and little sense of character or direction, it oozes from one amateurishly conceived scene to the next.

    Directed by: Abel Ferrara.
    Written by: Abel Ferrara, Marla Hanson, Chris Zois.
    Cast: Matthew Modine, Dennis Hopper, Beatrice Dalle, Claudia Schiffer, Sarah Lassez.
    Matthew Modine stars as the out-of-work actor Matthew binging on booze and cocaine in Miami with his French sometimes-girlfriend Annie (Beatrice Dalle, who played the blind passenger in "Night on Earth"). Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper plays a strip-club owner who's making a movie, the only evidence of which is that he carries a video camera and constantly rants, "We're makin' a movie here. It's a fuckin' great movie." It is apparently a movie about being in a strip club with a lot of strippers around, which is pretty much all the Hopper character does in life.

    Claudia Schiffer only has a dozen lines and mumbles them incomprehensibly.  

    All that Matthew does in life is drink, snort, screw and yell at his girlfriend. When this all comes to an end, we next see him sobered up and living in New York with Claudia Schiffer, who only has a dozen lines and mumbles them incomprehensibly.

    Matthew is haunted by his breakup with Annie, which will eventually lead him back to Miami where a shocking revelation awaits. But by then the movie has taken us nowhere for so long that we don't care.

    "The Blackout" is packed with hackneyed images — like that Matthew hugging the image of his lost girlfriend on a TV screen, which is repeated endlessly in case we didn't appreciated its brilliance the first time — and it's strewn with drugs, drinking and undulating women as if all by themselves they can make the movie serious and hard-hitting. It's an inadequately thought out, clumsily written and tediously paced effort from Abel Ferrara, director of "King of New York," "Bad Lieutenant" and "The Addiction," that went justly unreleased from its filming in 1997 until now.

    AUGUST 3, 2001

    Reader comments on The Blackout:

  • [no subject]   from , Nov 12, 2001
  • Blackout   from Peter, Jan 19, 2002
  • Re: Blackout   from dean jones, Feb 23, 2002
  • Unreal   from Steve, Feb 28, 2002
  • So bad it hurt   from Tom, Mar 4, 2002
  • Blackout left me in the dark   from Andrew Lick, Mar 6, 2002
  • One Virtue of Matt Modine in "The Blackout"   from John L Jordan, Jul 7, 2003
  • I'm just gonna eat it...   from CaptainPeroxide, Dec 15, 2004
  • you are all sheep   from contrafilms, Jan 26, 2005
  • Re: you are all sheep   from nora, Jan 28, 2005
  • its ok   from bryan, Dec 11, 2005
  • The best actor and the most bad-bed modell   from Gabrielle, May 7, 2007

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