Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1996. Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the television series Connections by James Burke. Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel. Produced by Michael Grillo. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Howard Cummings. Costume Design by Dana Allyson. Film Editing by Jill Savitt.
Los Angeles succumbs to a complete power blackout and soon the city is plunged in disorder and crime. Many suburban residents keep themselves locked away at home, protecting themselves with personal weapons, while outside the world is going mad with stores being looted and traffic going amok. Happy couple Kyle MacLachlan and Elisabeth Shue feel they’re keeping themselves away from all of this until mysterious stranger Dermot Mulroney shows up and turns out to be a psychopath whom they will now be lucky to survive. The film’s original premise is a fascinating one, but loses all of its potential when things start to follow the routine of an action movie about a hero, his lady love and the evil man who just wants to make trouble for no apparent reason. Based on a television series called Connections, the film is unfortunately a huge disappointment with a hard working but ineffective cast.