Episode dated 3 May 2008 (2008)
N/A|Music|03 May 2008
Rating: Metascore: N/A

Black Box is a sci-fi horror film by Emanuel Osei-Kuffour. This film is part of a horror compilation series produced by Blumhouse Productions for the Prime Video platform (Amazon). This film stars Mamoudou Athie and senior television actress Phylicia Rashad. The film that presents the human subconscious theme is too many out there, but Black Box offers a unique premise.

Nolan had a severe accident with his wife. The wife died while Nolan is experiencing amnesia where he was unable to recognize his daughter. Soon after, Nolan still felt strange with his old life. The senior doctor at his hospital, Dr. Brooks, offers a modern alternative medicine that is said to open lost brain memory. During the therapy session, Nolan enters his subconscious and finds a different reality, and has to deal with an entity that continues to follow him.

The story is a variation of some popular science fiction films, such as The Cell, The Matrix, Inception, or horror-thriller films like Get Out. The concept of taking over the mind is also often encountered in supernatural horror films, which take a different term, possession. Black Box opens the story well and can make our curiosity even higher until the film’s climax. Apart from the exciting plot, the combination of science fiction and horror genres can also be presented in a balanced way, even though it seems the jump scare is still too “soft” for horror lovers. The problem with the film is presented too “cheap.” If only the film budget were bigger, of course, the visualization could be more stunning.

Black Box is a sci-fi horror film with an exciting premise and an intense plot. Unfortunately, its execution is a variant of many similar themed films much superior. The theme of the subconscious mind can still be explored further by filmmakers with various variations and combinations of genres. Even though it is different in class from other bestselling films produced by Jason Blum, for streaming viewing, Black Box is a film that feels a shame to miss, especially for fans of science fiction and horror.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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