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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of never giving up, despite seemingly impossible circumstances.
Positive Role Models
Claire Rivers is an author experiencing writer's block. She attends a futuristic retreat geared for productivity but a system failure causes her to be trapped. She works relentlessly to escape. Rita is a humanoid robot who acts as Claire's servant. When her programming is corrupted she unknowingly becomes her captor.
The two leads are two White women with a man of color as the supporting character.
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Violence & Scariness
Some fights and threat. Injury includes electrocution, slaps, heads being hit against surfaces, and poisoning. A caregiver strangles and slaps a young teen. A character takes sleeping pills while in the bath, in what might be a suicide attempt.
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Infrequent language includes "f--k" and "f---ing."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character frequently smokes cigarettes and drinks wine. They get drunk on a number of occasions and once vomits during a hangover.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blank is an excellent low-budget science fiction thriller set in the near future with some threat and violence, and occasional strong language. In what is effectively a two-hander story, novelist Claire (Rachel Shelley) becomes trapped at a remote retreat by her android helper, Rita (Heida Reed). Claire shows strong determination in trying to find a way out of this seemingly impossible situation. However, she also feels despair. In her low moments, Claire smokes cigarettes and drinks wine, once getting visibly drunk. The next day she is shown hungover and vomiting. There are violent scenes involving fights, poisoning, and electrocution. A character takes some sleeping pills while in the bath, with the suggestion they are trying to take their own life. Within the book that Claire is writing is a story involving domestic abuse. Infrequent strong language includes variants of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Set almost entirely in one place and with two main characters, this sci-fi thriller could easily be a good stage play. Yet that would deny Blank of its impressive cinematic quality with many standout shots demonstrating a visual flair that proves its natural home is on-screen. Making the most of its impressive actors, the movie's quietly chilling premise is both believable and relatable. Claire, the author trapped by a glitching robot, switches moods regularly. She dips into despair and then rises in defiance each time she thinks of a new idea of how to get out.
Director Natalie Kennedy's masterstroke is to sometimes let the pace slow down. This allows the audience to survey the situation and try to work out if there's a way out that Claire's not thought of yet. It makes for an immersive experience. Alongside the main story, a domestic drama unfolds in the pages of Claire's book. This occasional break from the A.I.-controlled house makes for an intelligent parallel that hints at a deeper, darker past of one character. Taking elements of isolation classics like The Shining, Ex-Machina, Misery, and Moon, Blank makes a compelling new cinematic prison that's well worth spending time in.
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