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The only real problem with Black Out, which plays like a cross between “The Hangover” and “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”-era Guy Ritchie, is that it’s naggingly over-familiar.
The film's various references to other stylistic touchstones, while thematically apt, rarely carry any sort of critical inquiry.
The New York Times
Taking a credibility-straining premise and running with it, the Dutch director Arne Toonen gives Black Out way more energy than sense. Luckily, his antihero, Jos (Raymond Thiry), lacks neither.
Black Out ultimately limps to feature length, burying its intriguing leading man underneath endless mishaps and shenanigans.
A self-aware, borderline self-reflexive action-comedy from the Netherlands, Arne Toonen's Black Out is derivative in a way that undermines its wry sense of self.
Los Angeles Times
In terms of character and plot, not one element of the intended wild ride escapes self-consciousness or becomes the least bit involving.
In the insufferable, secondhand tradition of countless other regrettable genre films, Black Out is so impressed by itself, it doesn’t even need an audience.
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