HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Sweetheart
No Man of God
Gaia
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Scenes with Beans
Sweat
Quiet Place Part II, A
Nobody
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Duel to the Death
Mandibles
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Yakuza Princess
Djinn, The
New Order
Triggered
Claw
Original Cast Album: Company
Martyrs Lane
Paper Tigers, The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The
Hall
ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt, The
Collini Case, The
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The
Superhost
Plan A
When I'm a Moth
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Misha and the Wolves
Yellow Cat
Shorta
Knocking
Bloodthirsty
When the Screaming Starts
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It
Lions Love
Demonic
Night Drive
   
 
Newest Articles
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
   
 
  Blackout, The Old Gods, New Trouble
Year: 2019
Director: Egor Baranov
Stars: Aleksey Chadov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Svetlana Ivanova, Lukerya Ilyashenko, Kseniya Kutepova, Konstantin Lavronenko, Filipp Avdeev, Artyom Tkachenko, Yuriy Borisov, Maksim Emelyanov, Yvan Fominov, Sergey Godin, Elena Koreneva, Vladimir Steklov
Genre: Action, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: The near future. A month ago, something terrible happened to the world, disaster on an unimaginable scale. One day, life was continuing as normal when suddenly there was a mass blackout of electricity that took in the citizens of the planet simply collapsing and dying - apart from one area of Russia, which equally mysteriously escaped the catastrophe, leaving the authorities there to try to work out what had happened. So far they have come up blank, there is no rhyme or reason they can see and with all communication with anyone outside their zone shut down utterly there is no way of knowing what is out there.

However, something may be in contact soon... something big... and powerful... and evil. Well, it's evil from our perspective because we are to be its victims if it has its way, not that ninety-five percent of the globe's population haven't already succumbed when we catch up with the story in Russian director Egor Baranov's impressive-looking science fiction epic. He was best known for the Gogol series of movies in his homeland, but here he made inroads into international visibility as The Blackout was picked up in quite a few territories, largely on home entertainment and dubbed, though it arrived in a number of foreign cinemas too, not bad going considering how many of those were being shut as the months after its initial release went by.

The subtitled version was preferable, it had to be said, though at least a dub was available for those averse to them. It also had to be said, despite working on a budget that was a fraction of what Hollywood (or Bollywood) would have spent, Baranov managed small wonders in creating a glossy, expansive appearance to what could have been your basic Aliens rip-off, and a lot of that was down to using the old Stargate cliché of ancient aliens in a truly interesting manner. A simple enough plot when it was examined, but the idea that God was coming back, and he was pissed off, and not only that but he was a race of space creatures with incredible powers who had instigated life on Earth and could just as easily snap it out of existence was a neat one to attempt on limited resources.

Yet Baranov gave it a very admirable go, and if the details were mired in stuff you would be familiar with in other variations, it was the method in his style that lifted this above your average space invaders yarn. His cast were led by a bunch of thirtysomething stars, whom had some successes under their belts, where Aleksey Chadov was Oleg, our heroic soldier who held the key to potential victory, Pyotr Fyodorov was another soldier, Yuriy, who we can tell could be trouble when he admits privately that he really doesn't care about the 95% who died because he didn't know them, and they are all dead anyway (predicting the attitude of a certain type of Covid-19 denier, entirely coincidentally given this technically showed up the year before that disaster occurred).

While the female stars were Svetlana Ivanova as Olga, the journalist recording all the mayhem potentially for a non-existent audience once it's all over, and Lukerya Ilyashenko was a military doctor with a line in sauciness to spice up Oleg's military life. Baranov said this was essentially an anti-war movie, but it was not necessarily an anti-soldier one, as he was sympathetic to those putting their lives on the line, meanwhile he concocted some idiosyncratic imagery (a mass bear attack, cities in ruins, the inside of the aliens' ship) that helped the fact that while there was good stuff here, it was clear the director was a shade too in love with it. In no world did this deserve to be over two hours long, there was a snappy ninety-minute B-movie struggling to get out, but that aside, worthwhile for sci-fi addicts, with a provocative take on religion that felt very Russian. Though how you responded may depend on how much you appreciated apparent inspiration, Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Music by Ryan Otter.

Aka: Avanpost

[THE BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH WILL BE RELEASED ON 28th DECEMBER 2020 ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 467 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Jason Cook
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: