Black Box & Time Review

Black Box (Available now on Amazon Prime)

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.

My oh my, where do I start? I was incredibly surprised by how good this was.

Herman/Marcus/Kuffour’s writing was fun, different, and unique. People compared it to Black Mirror, but I’ve yet to watch any of that to get the comparison.

The acting is superb, starting at the top with Mamoudou, who is having a fantastic year with ‘Uncorked’ and his excellent turn as Nolan. Christine, who played Ava, was equally as impressive, if not more, especially giving her age.

The Verdict:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Black Box is an absolute delight of a film. There were some twists and turns, excellent camera work, and writing to keep you on the edge of your seat. Overall, enjoyable, fun, and worth watching.

Time (Available on Amazon Prime October 16th)

Time Review: Garrett Bradley's Stunning Portrait of Mass Incarceration |  IndieWire

Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.

The story that is being told is genuine, authentic, raw, and you can hear the personal level of involvement from all parties. The issues with our justice system are horrible, broken, and need to be fixed. Men and Women are destroyed daily due to our system failing them, and this exploits that in several different facets.

First, I will complain about this being shot in black and white. I do get what Garrett Bradley was trying to do with the idea of the B&W concept, but it is such a prestigious thing that should only be used in the right situations, which was not one of them.

Success is the best revenge.

Next, we see the anger, the frustration, the madness of them holding back the release of Rob Rich. Fox’s time being subtle and trying has gone out the window, and she is just over the mishandling of this entire system.

Finally, the story comes full circle. We witness what we have been waiting for, Rob’s release. The moment that has been building for the past hour and a half. It’s emotional, beautiful, and they elevate this sequence with a beautiful score in the background.

The Verdict:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Time is the story of family, and never giving up on someone you love.’

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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  1. Black Box begins intriguingly – a single father suffering from amnesia tries to regain his memories through a tech-backed experiment. The dyynamic between father (Mamoudou Athie) and daughter (a terrific Amanda Christine, the true star of the film) is warmly established.

    It takes about an hour before the big (predictable) twist arrives, and thereafter, Black Box witch i saw some scene on, descends into a heap of melodrama.

    I didn’t find Black Box positioning itself in the horror genre except for the first time the Backwards Man (played to astounding effect by actor-contortionist Troy James) pops up. It’s very clearly a psychological sci-fi thriller that focuses less on the sci-fi and more on familial bonding.


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