In a bid to stop Congress from passing the Internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA, several websites are going dark for the entirety of the day on Wednesday, January 18th in protest. Reddit, Boing Boing, and Wikipedia have announced their participation in the movement while Google has announced it will call the issue into question via a link on its home page. That link reportedly will not involve a functioning Pac-Man interface.
In honor of this online blackout, I’ve decided to evaluate the best blackouts in film. I’d better get to it before Wikipedia goes dark.
This Spike Lee joint takes place in the Bronx during the summer of 1977. Residents live in fear of the Son of Sam killer and a curfew has been put into effect. As tensions in the Bronx escalate, so does the temperature, resulting a heatwave that knocks out the power. This causes things to reach a fever pitch as suspects are subjected to mob justice.
Blackoutiness: 4 out of 5
In this early directing effort, screenwriter David Koepp proved that he loooooves blackouts. The story of civilization’s quick breakdown in the face of no electricity is seen through the eyes of Kyle MacLachan as a husband and father struggling to get his family to safety amidst a world of gun-toting paranoids.
Also, it’s worthwhile for Elisabeth Shue topless in mom jeans.
Blackoutiness: 5 out of 5