There are more wild cinematics in "The Blackout," by the
predictably unpredictable Abel Ferrara, who here unfolds the
reflexive tale of a filmmaker (Dennis Hopper) coping with an actor
(Matthew Modine) whose drug-and-booze habit has gotten the better of
him. The story is trite, and Hopper falls amusing apart during his
*big scene* near the end; but Ferrara works almost as well with
cinematographer Ken Kelsch as with the great Bojan Bazelli, and if
Christopher Walken had snagged the lead instead of the capable but
unexciting Modine, this engagingly eccentric filmmaker might have had
a worthy successor to his great "King of New York" at last.
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