If Guy Ritchie made THE HANGOVER in Amsterdam, it might look something like BLACK OUT, an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femmes fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme violence. On the day before his wedding, retired criminal Jos wakes up next to a murdered man with no recollection of what happened the night before. He soon discovers that a group of gangsters have pinned him as the lone suspect in the theft of 20 kilos of coke. He’s got to get it back in 24 hours, or the life of his bride will be in serious danger. Now he has no choice but to creep back into his dangerous old world of petty thieves and drug dealers – all before his wedding the next day.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A tasting menu of hard-man predicaments that never offer more than a pale introduction to the innocent mark flailing at their center.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 02.20.2014
In terms of character and plot, not one element of the intended wild ride escapes self-consciousness or becomes the least bit involving.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 02.20.2014
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.Michael Nordine, Village Voice, 02.18.2014
Some of the gags are funny, some are stale, and some are stale but still funny.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 02.21.2014