Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Blackout (2013)

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Chelsea Reeves riding a disinterested Timothy Woodward Jr in Blackout.

Does Bill Oberst Jr
know what he's doing here?
At a glance:
Matthew K. Hacker's maiden feature film Blackout (2013) is a shoestring budget murder mystery currently on VOD release, so let's cut him some slack whenever we can. After a drunken night out at a strip bar with friends, our lead character Harley (Timothy Woodward Jr) is rudely awakened by his sexy fiancée Sophie (Chelsea Reeves) who refuses to relieve his mornin wood, instead hurryin him for an all-important meetin with her lawyer dad which would seal his position as hotshot junior partner at their firm. Shit is afoot when he discovers a dead woman in the shower and he doesn't remember a damned thing. Two other characters in this skeleton story are his best friend Alfred (Robert Covington) and the creepy concierge Rommel (Bill Oberst Jr) in his building.
Bad news on the doorstep:
I would love to wake up to this. Wouldn't you?
South Carolina native Timothy Woodward Jr carries the charmless frat guy feel and he's very far from bein a polished actor - but he has managed to turn in the kind of dodgy performance that makes you stick around to see if it improves, so that's a start, I guess. The biggest problem is with the movie plot. It's a disaster with several questionable characters and the subsequent arcs they take. The awful endin, particularly, plays like it was thrown in because they didn't know where else to run with it.
Perennial wonderment:
As long as you get your movie out there, it's gotta be some sort of success, right?
Reminds me of:
Wotta mess. Then again, I must've done worse in my time.
Most memorable line:
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Come to think of it, I'm not too absolutely certain what happened in this movie. Did they lose their minds when they were writin the story? Lookin at the movie title, the pun is all too easy to make. Let's have mercy.★★
"Shit. Should've killed a skinnier bird. How am I gonna move all this fat!"