The Movie Couple Reviews Black Box

As part of the Welcome to Blumhouse anthology movie series, Black Box (2020), directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, follows widower and single father Nolan as he undergoes an experimental treatment in order to get his memories and his life back. The film stars Mamoudou Athie as Nolan, Phylicia Rashad as Dr. Lilian Brooks, Amanda Christine as Ava, Tosin Morohunfola as Dr. Gary Yeboah and Charmaine Bingwa as Miranda. YouTuber Wendy from The Movie Couple rates and reviews the latest film in the anthology series now available on Amazon Prime Video.

I really thought it was going to be very horror based driven and there is, but there’s also a bit of thriller/mystery about why he isn’t able to recall his memory and why he’s not able to see certain things i.e. faces when he’s trying to recall these memories.

Coming into the film with expectations of horror, Wendy is pleasantly surprised to find the film using other elements of mystery to tell Nolan’s story and his internal conflict with finding himself. The YouTuber likes that the film has a similar vibe to some of her other favorite recent films and movies such as Black Mirror (2011) and Get Out (2017). She notes one scene specifically when Dr. Brooks places a headgear piece on Nolan’s head as part of his experimental treatment to try and recall his lost memories and alludes to the device as something you would see in Black Mirror.

This device thing that she puts on him fully reminds me of something that we would see in a Black Mirror episode. I’m such a big fan of Black Mirror, it immediately piqued my interest.

There are some points in the film where Wendy feels the plot points were a bit rushed and she wishes the film had more time to let the conflict play itself out naturally and progress organically.

The pacing was good, but I thought the movie was so condensed that if they’d given certain scenes and certain story arcs to kind of really work itself out … I would have liked to see that because in certain plot points and things like that it seemed … just a little convenient, just a little too rushed.”

With a great story that really dives deep into the characters internal conflicts with himself, as well was phenomenal acting from the cast, Wendy is looking forward to watching more films in the anthology series.

YouTuber Wendy from The Movie Couple, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on her channel regularly.