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Black Box Review: Smart Sci Fi plays with identity, fate, and death

Black Box is an intelligent and melancholy science fiction film in which a man who loses his memory in a car accident takes extreme steps to get his life back, writes Simon Ings


October 21, 2020

By Simon Ings

Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) asks Lillian (Phylicia Rashad) for help

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NOLAN tries to bring his life back into harmony after a car accident has robbed him of his wife and memory. His daughter Ava has to steer him around, even though she is barely old enough for school. She encourages him to reapply for his old job. She sets the navigation system for the supermarket. Now Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) has forgotten three times to pick up Ava (Amanda Christine) from school. It is more than possible that he forgets her sometimes …