Blackout had a complete blackout with Germanys audience, when premiered in its prime-time slot on a Sunday eve. Was the first 90 min. Part 1 too complex? Too brutal? Not really I say. Complexity wise, Blackout can hold up with the Criminal Minds and the Navy CIS anytime. Brutal? Yes the miniseries is defiantly hard in the pictures Director Keglevic used, but brutal is usually good for the ratings. (Police man is killing other policeman directly without remorse. Junkies giving head in porn theaters and so on.) The consequence will be undoubted that German audiences will see less of such original programming. The networks will go back into buying US Standards at the various film markets. Its less expensive, less risk taking. For the audience there is thankfully the DVD Market. Yes Blackout is fiction, but it could be true. Go and see Blackout, if you like a hard realistic look at today's Police work.
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