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Parents' Guide to

Black Box (2020)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Compelling horror/thriller has disturbing images, violence.

Movie NR 2020 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

What the heck is this movie!!!!!

The title is kind of misleading because most people think of a Black Box as being something in an airplane for accidents information. Something like, "Who Am I?" may have been more appropriate. Unworthy watching!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Although it's a little uneven at times, this is a compelling horror movie with both sci-fi and thriller elements that will keep fans of the genre in their seats until the end. The imagined technique for memory recovery is interesting and inventive. That, the strong cast, the bizarre and disturbing images, as well as the underlying tension, give a lift to an otherwise familiar story. Some viewers may guess the plot twist, others may be surprised, but once it's revealed, the outcome is never in any doubt.

On the plus side, Black Box is refreshingly free of sexual content and alcohol use. There are lots of positive representations for Black viewers -- young Amanda Christine can be quite a scene stealer. Disturbing images, some blood, and menacing implications of violence make it best for older teens and up.

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