Movie about power grid failure
Blackout by Marc ElsbergA terrifyingly plausible, million-copy selling debut about an international blackout perpetrated by a hacker attack.
One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…
When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.
National Geographic broadcasts fictional docudrama "American Blackout" Oct. 27
But, of course, Britain was going to lose the plot, because people always end up doing so in a drama of this kind. So it was here in this feature-length drama that tried hard to do something original without fully pulling it off though it gets points for effort. Actual archive footage had been spliced with the fiction, and the frenzied criminality in some of the clips was reminiscent of the London riots. Not all of it was convincing, despite its mix of actual and imagined. Media reports provided a voiceover to the action in its rolling-news coverage, but why weren't media outlets disabled by the power cut? The better part of this drama came in its latter half. At first, the effects of the blackout were novel, even amusing, for those struck by darkness: "They're taking widescreen TVs," scoffed one smug father as he saw the lootings, even though there was no electricity to power the loot.
The film follows the downward spiral of society during a widespread and lengthy power outage in Southern California.
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Published on June 13, Have you ever wondered what your life would be like without electricity? You press the switch, and nothing happens. The cinema has imagined this on countless occasions and has left us with a bunch of films that portray a reality much worse than the one we know. Imagining the future, or a totally different present, is a recurring theme among writers and film-makers. Catastrophes and apocalypses have provided varied, original visions of things to come. The thing is, if the world goes belly-up, electricity will go with it.
All rights reserved. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a breakdown is all too real. The scenario envisioned by GridEx II is a particularly scary one, in which terrorists or an enemy country stages a combination of cyber attacks and physical attacks that destroy or render inoperable crucial power facilities and take down large sections of the grid. As a May Congressional report noted, sophisticated cyber saboteurs may already be probing our vulnerability to a massive blackout. One company alone told congressional investigators that it was hit with an astonishing 10, attacks in a typical month.
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