Welcome to the Blumhouse: Black Box


Black Box might be the best out of the collection of four movies that make up the Welcome to the Blumhouse collection. Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour who also wrote the teleplay, Black Box has some great acting, a compelling story and there's a predictable, but still entertaining twist. The plot summary on IMDB doesn't give a lot away:

After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.

Mamoudou Athie plays Nolan, a man who is trying to piece his life back together after a car accident that cost him his wife and his memory. He's helped by his young daughter Ava (played by the wonderful Amanda Christine) in trying to remember who he was before the the accident. There's a great chemistry between Athie and Christine as you watch this young girl try to help her dad remember the core of who he was. This plays the the strength of Black Box which is the emotion that all the characters have and share with each other. 

Another key figure in making this movie work is Phylicia Rashad as Doctor Lillian. She offers to help Nolan piece together who he was by using her experimental treatment. What starts off as an innocent offer for help from a respected doctor soon becomes something more sinister as the truth behind Doctor Lillian's motives is revealed. Honestly, Rashad as a villain works extremely well. What makes it work is that the motives are also built on the emotions of the characters which is rooted in something that audiences can connect with. Even when it's clearly an evil decision, there's still a part of the audience that can at least say "But I understand". That connection is what makes a movie go from decent, to good.

We also have to give a shoutout to actor & contortionist Troy James who plays the "backwards" man in some of the scenes. While you never see his face, you may recognize his almost impossible to comprehend contorted body from his work on The Flash as Rag Doll.

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