Tell me if you've heard this one: 'people trapped in an elevator; one is a danger to the rest. Thrills ensue.' Since this very basic and derivative plot is uninspired and holds little surprise, other elements such as tension and drama must be strong. For the most part, this is the case for Rigoberto Castañeda's Blackout. The characters (Aiden Gillen, Amber Tamblyn, Armie Hammer) aren't very fleshed out and we hardly care for them by the end, but during the ordeal they are captivating. The story succeeds in giving each a satisfying, time-sensitive objective, but it's unfortunate it couldn't also set up any kind of intriguing background for the three.
2 salty humps out of 5