The Blumhouse sci-fi horror flick, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime, initially caught my attention because of its striking poster art, where a Black man appears to be looking through another Black man's hollow and cracked head. When I skimmed through the plot and discovered that the iconic Phylicia Rashad is in the cast, I was sold.
In case you're unfamiliar with the movie, it follows Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie), a young father who survives a devastating car crash. After losing his wife and developing amnesia, Nolan struggles to care for his daughter, and this prompts him to undergo an experimental treatment. However, as he begins to recall old memories, he suspects that there's a lot of darkness hidden in his past.
When I started this movie, I was certain that I'd see social commentary and layers of symbolism in every other scene. Perhaps it was that mysterious poster, which made me think of Get Out's dark theme of the possession of Black bodies. Or maybe it's just that I've seen too many Black horror films where the big monster turns out to be racism. Still, I'm pleasantly surprised to admit that I was wrong about this film. As it turns out, Black Box is straight-up horror, complete with super advanced technology and major twists. Read on to see why this underrated gem is worth your time.