Welcome to the Blumhouse is a new series of suspense movies aimed at a wider audience. Sure it’s still horror, but it’s light. Instead of trying to convince the horror crowd there is something bloody and drenched in gore inside its four walls, the collection instead went for a more palatable subject matter. Amazon Studios presents the first four films in the collection with The Lie, Black Box, Nocturne, and Evil Eye which all premiered on Prime Video in October.
Black Box is more of a mixture of films like Get Out and Us mixed in with a little of Total Recall thrown in for good measure. The story follows Nolan after a car crash which resulted in his wife’s death. Left to raise his small daughter alone, he is now struggling with amnesia and life in general. Leaning heavily into the science fiction creep zone, he gets referred to a memory specialist, Dr. Brooks who offers Nolan some special therapy. She’s highly optimistic her treatment will sort out his memory loss by allowing him to walk around in his sub-conscious.
Black Box Movie From Blumhouse
In the virtual reality world, Nolan sees faceless people, and discovers memories he can’t place. What’s more, a spidery man gets closer and closer each time he goes under and he finds himself under attack. Atmospherically, Black Box is wonderfully dark. Nolan (played by Mamoudou Athie) can’t remember what sort of husband he was to his wife. His daughter Ava assumes a parental style role but her polished performance oozes with the sadness of a child grieving for almost two parents.
Black Box never quite places its two feet into the horror genre and instead just dips it’s toes. But what it may lack for some it will surely make up for with familiarity in its Black Mirror-like themes. The storyline doles out done before lines but the final act shines with promise. Osei Kuffour’s directorial debut shows that he has what it takes to bring more of his talent to audiences and Mother of Movies can’t wait to see how much more he has to show us.
- Starring: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, and Tosin Morohunfola.
- Co-Written by: Stephen Herman.
- Directorial feature film debut & written by: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour.
- Run time: 100-minutes