American Blackout

American Blackout

DVD - 2013
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A docudrama depicting the hypothetical realities of life following the collapse of the power grid due to a cyber attack. Shows people engaged in survival activities.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] :, National Geographic,, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781426346248
Branch Call Number: DVD 364. 168 AME
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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breemu
Jan 27, 2016

Quite good. This was NOT filmed as a documentary based solely on statistics and other bureaucratic information relating to humanitarian crises (although some of that information is offered as well), but also how such an event might be experienced up close and personal by various random, ordinary people as the disaster unfolds (using their cellphone cameras etc to capture what's going on around them and in their personal lives).

It is a glimpse into the microcosm of various people's lives and lifestyles, and how a massive and extended blackout of many days might affect each of them, as there are ALL kinds of people and situations, from the serious prepper family to the kid who finds himself all alone at home.

A couple things I haven't ever considered (the reality of being caught in an elevator for many days with no way out and no water or other basics, and to avoid all metal if forced to walk down the tracks of a subway tunnel) and some things I have considered (people losing it, even early on, and killing for some little bit of food or something). But looting, robbing etc would happen as of the very first night of a blackout, not days later as depicted.

And while I personally consider electric can-openers to be one of the stupidest, laziest home-use appliances ever (unless you are arthritic), there are a lot of people who use them, apparently (Note to users of electric can-openers: keep a manual one handy too, just in case!)

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naturalist
Sep 08, 2015

Did WND buyout NG?

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tj_is_cool
Sep 08, 2015

It looks more like a movie than a documentary. It takes less than 3 days for riots / looting to happen without electricity. The sad thing is it is probably true.

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CoastalCruiser
May 23, 2015

I decided it was a decent glimps at handful of possibilities. I learned a few things I did not know or think of. I can be a bit more prepared as staying locked in my place and renting at a lower level if in a high rise .Keeping a flashlight & my medication always in my bag. But it's safest to go it alone and be prepared for 2 weeks. Found it funny that so many people depend on electric power to open cans!

aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

To say this movie was bad. It’s an understatement. It’s a train wreck.

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Keogh
Mar 12, 2014

This is what happens when an organization like National Geographic, which has had a good track record for decades with scientific journalism and documentaries, gets its own channel and has to start filling time with programming. The result is a docudrama mixing actual footage with handheld camerawork in the event of a countrywide power outage. What comes across plays out like the greatest dream of a paranoid survivalist gun freak, society seemingly coming apart within hours, people slaughtering each other over a can of food, and the downfall of civilization as we know it. It's relentlessly nihilistic, repulsive, repugnant, and stupid. The Geographic should be ashamed of itself for coming up with an idea that could have been rendered better in a proper thirty minute documentary than a handheld B-movie eye rolling cavalcade of stupidity.

photowalker Mar 01, 2014

not what I expected - we couldn't watch it as it was so violent in the first minute or so. It's not a documentary at all.

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aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

Just plain stupid can sum up this movie!

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aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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