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Black Box (2012/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C-

Black Box, which was originally finished in 2012 and is just now seeing a home video release, sports a decent cast of C listers (Jason London, Ray Park, Kevin Sorbo, and Brad Dourif to name a few) and a genie-in-a-magic-lamp-esque plotline crossed with something along the lines of Terminator and Highlander. What hurts the film the most are some of its lackluster special effects and odd moments along the way that make the whole thing feel a bit off kilter, mainly the scenes with Jason London.

Inside a mysterious black box lies the secret to one's desires. As the black box changes hands, each new owner must resist what they covet most or prepare to defend their salacious greed against an immortal assassin (Sorbo). As several lives collide, can they escape the wrath of avarice and the black box? Sounds a lot like Hellraiser without Pinhead, huh?

The highlight of the film is Brad Dourif, who faces off against Sorbo in his home and he makes it apparent that he is an unstoppable force as Dourif greets him with gunfire but it doesn't phase him. Dourif always been a zany and original twist to a role and it was nice to see him pop up in this.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks fine on DVD but could benefit from a high definition upgrade. English and Spanish subs are also on the disc along with a Digital UV copy.

The only extra is a trailer and trailers for other Lionsgate releases, which are mostly played before the disc hits the menu.

All in all, Black Box has some decent science fiction ideas but many that feel recycled from other sources and crunched into a short feature film length (the whole film is only around 80 or so minutes). The concept was perhaps too big for its budget, however that doesn't stop it from having some decent performances by veteran actors.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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