In a world that is increasingly dependent on electricity, a power outage seems like an awful predicament. Mankind is using electricity for the past 140 years, but still, we can't imagine ourselves living in a world deprived of electricity. With this in mind, after a lingering power outage, a father and his two daughters will find themselves trapped in a completely different reality; one that will change their lives forever. But is this outage regional, or does it affect the entire country? As these, and other, more crucial questions require an answer, no one can tell if the family has what it takes to survive, nonetheless, they still have no other choice but to put to the test their skills, adaptability and endurance, but above of all, challenge the integrity of their familial bonds. Written by
Ellen Page was inspired to make the film after coming across the book written by Jean Hegland while browsing through a small store in her native Halifax. It was suggested to her by the woman working there and after she read it, she decided to produce a movie-version of the story. See more »
While the community is suffering from a large scale power outage, the family, upon first venturing to town, stops at a gas station which notes they have no gas. However the gas station has a roof over the pumps, which clearly has lights on. See more »
A bit slow film but neither boring nor predictable.
Two sisters (aged 17 to 20 years) live quietly and comfortably with their father, residing in a house inside a forest. The family commutes to the nearest city daily so as to buy groceries, go to school etc. Suddenly one night there is a power break and electricity is completely shut down. Soon it becomes clear that the problem affects the whole country but no explanation is provided by the authorities. Power is not restored and the family has to cope with the new situation.
This is an interesting movie that deals with the end of a world and its way of life. At least the world that we are used to live until now: namely, the world based on electricity, high technology, electric and electronic appliances. The movie tries to answer the question: what are the consequences to society of the sudden 'death' of such world? on the small community? on the family? How this affects peoples lives ?
Do not expect any big special effects. Events unfold in certain locations around the three family members. No big groups of people are shown, neither any catastrophic events are depicted in the screen. I found the film clever with a mature story line, a bit slow moving but in a manner that is neither boring nor predictable. The relationship between the sisters is pivotal in the film.
I would have rated the film slightly higher if not for the last 5 minutes. The film takes a turn to something that was just not necessary at the time. Sometimes decisions like that are taken after much longer times, when practically needed and there is no viable alternative.
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