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Blackout is a 2013 thriller movie directed by Beto Gomez and starring Stanley Tucci. The film is set in a dystopian future, where the world has been plunged into darkness due to a massive power outage that has lasted for months. The story follows the struggle of a group of people who are trapped in an office building in Mexico City during the blackout and who must survive nightmarish and violent conditions as they face danger from the outside and from each other. The story begins with a young woman named Claudia (Claudia Ortiz) who is working late in her office building. Suddenly, the lights go out and she is left in complete darkness. She soon realizes that she is not alone, as there are others trapped in the building with her. Among them are a security guard named Gabino (Eduardo Arroyuelo), a janitor named Raul (Marcelo D'Andrea), and a businessman named Tom (Aidan Gould). They are all initially confused and scared, unsure of what is happening outside and how long the blackout will last. As the movie progresses, we see that the outside world has descended into chaos. There are riots, looting, and violence on the streets. People are desperate for food, water, and electricity. The police are struggling to maintain order, and the military has been called in to assist. The news reports that the blackout has been caused by a massive solar flare that has disrupted the power grid and that there is no estimated time for when the power will be restored. As the situation inside the building becomes more dire, tensions rise between the trapped individuals. They struggle to find food, water and keep warm and are forced to make ruthless and deadly decisions as they face problems such as a lack of a power source, dwindling supplies and no communication with the outside world. Stanley Tucci's character, a businessman named John, eventually joins the trapped group, adding tension to the already difficult situation. John's past and his pursuit of money create a challenge for the rest of the group, who are trying to focus on basic survival. One of the film's strengths is the exploration of the human condition as the characters attempt to survive and make decisions that are necessary for their survival. The film examines the dark side of humanity and how people will turn on each other, without hesitation, when circumstances become desperate enough. The film is shot in an extremely effective way, with a claustrophobic, low-lit atmosphere, that creates a sense of helplessness and uncertainty. There is an almost constant sense of dread and suspense, especially as the group faces challenges that threaten their survival. The cinematography also captures the chaos of the outside world, with scenes of riots and looting that underscore the desperation of the situation. Although Blackout is not a conceptually new film, its ability to create an emotionally charged atmosphere and explore the depths of human nature is commendable. Stanley Tucci's performance is also noteworthy, as he brings depth and complexity to his character, which backfires the beginning of the movie. Overall, Blackout is a thrilling and thought-provoking movie that captivates its audience. It is a tale of survival, set against a backdrop of chaos and despair, and it leaves the audience questioning the lengths they would go to for their own survival.