The Blackout

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The Blackout
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In the near future in the city of Moscow, Oleg  and Alyona are having a date, during which Oleg explains he's a soldier on a two-week break.  The date goes great, and the two of them end up spending the night together. Meanwhile in  Paris, a plane is about to land when suddenly all its lights go out and everyone aboard loses  consciousness. Soon this loss of power spreads around the world, only leaving a small section of  Eastern Europe with light. Oleg and Alyone notice that the drones that fly around Moscow freeze  mid-air, and they rush to the hotel lobby to see what's going on. Every person in the building  is gathering there to listen to the news. The anchorman explains that this wasn't a consequence  of any natural disaster, and while at first they suspected it to be a terrorist attack, they've  discovered they've lost contact with the rest of the world. A group of soldiers led by Mayor  Dolmatov is sent on a recon mission to Kirov, one of the many cities that are now in darkness.  Journalist Olga goes with them to record any clues they may find. The government has sent drones  into this area already, but none of them has made it back. The team wanders around the city  and enters a store where they use special slime lights to have a better look, this is how they  discover every citizen in here is dead, even the fish in the bowl. They can't help wondering how  everyone died since there aren't any indications of an attack, it's as if happened instantly  out of nowhere. Then they begin to investigate different apartments, where they find everything  in its place as if nothing happened. Once again, it looks like it happened instantly as if  people vanished into thin air. Suddenly, one of the soldiers is attacked by a mysterious  being. The rest of the team rushes to help him, but as soon as the being sees them, he takes the  soldier's weapon and escapes through the window. The team immediately opens fire, but the being  doesn't seem affected by bullets and runs away. They take the wounded soldier to their plane  and ask him if he saw the face of his attacker, but it was dark and the struggle made it  impossible to notice anything. A month later, more than one hundred million Russians are  considered dead, and the government tries to ask the remaining population to stay calm. However  religious groups are gathering because they think the end of the world is coming. Meanwhile Yura  is one of the many civilians that receives a letter asking him to join the army. Yura lives  with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer and it pains him to leave her behind, but he joins  the army anyway. When he leaves for the base, he notices the current state of the world, since  just one month was enough for the streets to look post-apocalyptic. Yura ends up joining  Oleg's team, which is informed of the current situation by Dolmatov and Colonel Marina. Every  city in darkness is considered under quarantine, and the only existing power can be found in  Moscow, parts of Belarus, Ukraine, and Finland; this area is known as the "Circle of life".  Some retcon teams have come back with bodies and they've discovered they died from endogenous  neurotoxins, which are chemicals produced by the human body. The new teams have two tasks: find  clues for the scientists to understand the cause behind these neurotoxins, and to go deeper into  the quarantine zone to gather resources because Moscow is running low. They need to be careful  because they've already sent many teams and most of them didn't come back, even if they had  tanks to protect them. While everyone gets ready, more volunteers arrive, and Oleg is surprised  to see Alyona among them. Suddenly an alarm goes off alerting of an incoming attack. Apparentely  there's a group of huge enemies coming closer, thus the soldiers gather at the border between  the base and the quarantine zone. At that moment the power at the base goes out, so Dolmatov begins  shooting flares for a more clear view and when the strange beings are close enough, the soldiers open  fire. Some of these beings manage to reach the base anyway and begin attacking everyone in sight,  causing Oleg to lose consciousness. The next morning, Oleg wakes up under the weight of a dead  enemy. Yura notices he's still alive and asks for help moving the body, now Oleg can see the strange  being was actually a huge bear. In fact there are dozens of bear bodies on the other side of the  border, and nobody understands why they behaved like that. Olga is there too recording everything  for the news. Oleg is taken to the infirmary and is surprised to learn Alyona's a doctor. She  takes care of his injures and when he feels pain, she comforts him with a kiss. Meanwhile Marina  and Dolmatov discuss the matters of "sensors", a group of people that supposedly gained powers  after the blackout. Marina explains they aren't like superheroes, sensors can actually receive  data in their minds like radios receive signals. However they haven't been able to decipher  the data or how this happened. The strongest sensor is Sasha, who is being kept in a military  hospital. Since the blackout, he keeps having nightmares about a mysterious bald guy. Today he's  being visited by Zhenya, who says he was sent by someone named Id. He explains the first wave  destroyed all electronics, the second launched the self-destruction of all biological organisms,  and the third wave will make anyone still alive in the quarantine zone attack them. There are  millions of them, and their free will is gone, but they have time to stop it. Sasha doesn't want  anything to do with this and calls for security, but the soldiers can't see Zhenya and tell the  doctor that Sasha is hallucinating. The rest of the soldiers get ready for the mission. Yura  ends up traveling with Olga, who makes him some questions for the camera. Yura admits he doesn't  mind the current situation because it's given his life meaning, and it's better than being a taxi  driver. When they make it to the quarantine zone, they discover the tanks destroyed on the ground  and a chasm cutting through the buildings, implying the third wave has already begun. The  footage of this destruction puts the remaining population in a state of panic, causing riots and  an increased crime rate to take over the city. The government promises they're working on it, but  people think their leaders are hiding something. The soldiers are divided into groups to cover  more ground. Yura and Olga are in group seven, and as they cross the woods, a flirting tension  grows between them. When a recovered Oleg arrives, he joins team four, who investigates a small  town. One of the soldiers opens a storage room, causing a bunch of metal bars to fall on top  of him and hurt his leg. The team decides to rest inside a house until a doctor comes. The  next morning, Alyone arrives and announces the soldier will have to return to Moscow with her if  he doesn't want to lose his leg. Group seven also spent the night inside an apartment, and while  they're having breakfast, Yura notices something weird about a store. He checks Olga's recording  and confirms the doors weren't opened when they arrived. Yura and a few soldiers enter the store  and find evidence someone was there, so they decide to set up some traps. Then they return to  the apartment and wait for the traps to activate, this doesn't happen until night falls. Everyone  gets ready to leave, but Yura asks Olga to stay inside and teaches her to use the flares to ask  for help if they don't come back. Olga ends up disobeying Yura and follows the team anyway to  record everything. Inside the store, they find a teenager that was wounded by the traps. They  take him into the apartment and try to help him, but the boy reacts by stealing a knife and  killing a soldier. The others immediately react by shooting him down. Meanwhile Sasha goes  to have some fresh air on the hospital roof and is suddenly startled by Id, the guy Zhenya told him  about. Zhenya had only been a mental connection but Id is actually here and wants Sasha to help,  to convince him he knows what's going on he shows his face and reveals he isn't human. At that  moment Marina shows up with a bunch of soldiers pointing their weapons at Id, but suddenly they  all turn their weapons on Marina. Id explains he used his mental powers to make the soldiers see  her as Id and he as Marina, so she shouldn't try anything. He also swears he's on Marina's side  and warns her that millions like him are coming to end humanity. When Marina asks what he is, Id  says humans would consider him a god. Marina takes Id to her office to interrogate him. Id explains  he was supposed to start an irradiation process when the Moon was above the oceans, but he made  a mistake: the Moon was covering this section of Europe, so it protected it from radiation. That's  how the Circle of Life happened, and everyone in the quarantine zone is only a mindless drone  that will attack soon. Id's race needs Earth because their own start is about to die and they  want somewhere new with a sun to live in. Then he reveals there was a wave zero thousands of  years ago: this wave was the human race, which is actually a bioweapon sent by the aliens to destroy  the native population of planet Earth. It was the previous native people that built the pyramids  and underwater cities because they had been much more developed. Humans are the perfect bioweapon  because they're destroyers and colonizers, and they share a lot of DNA with Id's people, except  they were stripped of any psychic abilities. The unplanned radiation is causing some people like  Sasha to get them back. An army from Id's planet is arriving tomorrow but Id's brother Ra is  already here. Id doesn't agree with his methods and wants to find him, but the only one that knows  the location is Sasha thanks to his dreams. In the meantime, all the teams are suddenly attacked by  mind-controlled humans. The soldiers immediately open fire and try their best to establish a line  of defense, but the enemy comes in huge numbers and doesn't have trouble fighting back, killing  most of the teams and causing them to run out of ammo. When the apartment they're hiding in  blows up, Yura asks Olga to shoot the flare, but most teams are doing the same thing and there  aren't enough resources to help them all. For now, the few remaining members of group seven will  wait on the roof of a building to be out of the attackers' reach. Marina's conversation with Id  is interrupted by a message informing her of the attack, and Id points out they're wasting time.  The two of them together with Zhenya and Sasha fly to the base, and during the trip Id explains  he's immortal as long as nobody decides to kill him. When they make it to the base, Id puts Sasha  in a trance and he manages to draw Ra's location, which is a skyscraper in Kirov. Id wants to  mobilize the remaining tropes immediately, but when Dolmatov sees Id's appearance, he  doesn't know if trusting him. At that moment a soldier announces Moscow is being attacked as  well and Marina convinces Domatov by pointing out Id is their only hope. Back to group seven, they  decide to climb down the building to search for the teams that didn't send any flares. Olga is  terrified to try, so Yura kisses her to calm her down and lowers her gently. As they walk through  the streets, they find a few civilians and kill them before even talking to them. Olga is upset  by this because they looked fine, but Yura reminds her the teenage boy had seemed fine at first  too. As if to prove his point, a new wave of droned humans attacks them. All the other soldiers  die but Yura manages to fight the attackers off, getting wounded in the process. They run to hide  inside a garage, where they take care of Yura's injury and find a car with gas and keys to use to  escape. At the base, Sasha confesses he's scared to go because he's sure Ra saw him during the  vision, and Id allows him to stay behind for the sake of his safety. When Dolmatov's team leaves  in the tanks, Marina notices Sasha is missing and makes everyone stop. At that moment, a series of  rockets attacks the base and blow it up. Marina points her gun at Id, angry because he obviously  knew about this, and Id admits it's true. However if Sasha had been with them, the team would've  died instead, and they wouldn't have won the war. The next morning, Yura and Olga find Oleg  and Alyone. Their team has few members left too, and they've run out of ammo. Fortunately moments  later Dolmatov's team finds them and asks them to join the mission to kill Ra. Olga and Alyona will  have to come along because there's no base to send them to. Hours later, the team arrives at Kirov.  Dolmatov is surprised they aren't being attacked, and Id explains Ra thinks he died at the base.  The streets are blocked by the droned humans, and there are a few of them jumping from above  with bombs. The army just pushes ahead with the tanks, shooting or crushing any enemy that tries  to stop them. When they make it to the skyscraper, Id takes Yura and a few soldiers with him to the  rooftop while everyone else stays at the entrance for defense. The fight is absolutely vicious and  they don't know for how long they'll be able to keep up, so Oleg takes the civilians upstairs  too. After killing any enemies inside, Id and the soldiers meet with Ra on the rooftop. Yura tries  to attack him, but Ra simply pushes him away and leaves him hanging on the edge. Id attacks Ra  next and their fight is pretty even, but when Yura climbs back up and a huge explosion can be  heard on the streets, Ra gets distracted and Id takes the chance to attack him directly, removing  a device from inside Ra's body. Yura immediately cuts in and puts a grenade in the resulting hole,  finally killing Ra. Now Id can use his powers to release all the controlled humans. He announces  the next step is to kill the aliens arriving in the spaceship, since humans were made to kill  after all. Zhenya doesn't understand why Id didn't warn them of all this before the blackout  happened, and Alyona and Marina protest against the way Id is using humans. When Id says he's  the god humans deserve, Zhenya attacks him with a knife, but Id uses his powers to make him kill  Marina instead. Furious, Oleg tries to attack Id too, but Yura comes in his defense, pointing out  Id is the only hope they have against the incoming invasion. A fight begins between Yura and Oleg,  and when Olga notices Yura is beating Oleg up, she grabs a gun and shoots Yura to make him stop.  Zhenya tries to kill Id again, but Id easily stops him. Oleg thinks about killing Yura and shoots  at Id instead, yet bullets don't do anything. Id uses his powers to make Oleg see everyone as his  father, causing him to hesitate. However thanks to being a sensor, Zhenya can find the real  Id and he jumps to bring him down with him. They both die as soon as they touch the ground. At  that moment, a giant spaceship lands on a bunch of buildings. Oleg grabs the device Id took from  Ra and leaves with the women after refusing to finish Yura off. After taking some weapons from  fallen bodies, the trio enters the spaceship, which opened the door because it's waiting for  Ra. Inside there are hundreds of aliens sleeping in pods, and when Oleg presses the device, oxygen  starts being transported to those pods. It seems Ra was supposed to wake them up, and the timer  on the pods confirms they'll be ready soon. They try shooting at them and confirm it does kill  them, but they don't have enough ammo or time to do them all. Olga notices the pipes carrying the  oxygen are on the floor, and destroying one kills many aliens at the same time. The trio begins  destroying every pipe they can find, effectively stopping the invasion. However when Alyona is  about to destroy the last pipe, she freezes because she realizes these last pods have children  in them. The kids begin leaving the pods and when Oleg sees them, he drops his weapon to the  ground, not being able to hurt innocent creatures.
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