Movie ratings are something every person checks before watching a film of absolutely any genre. As such, viewers also check the synopsis of the movie alongside the ratings. In this article, we’ll be going over the assessments and rundown of two such movies, namely The Lie and Black Box.
About: The Lie
The Lie is a film based on the genre of the psychological thriller. Directed and written by Veena Sud, the movie premiered on September 13, 2018, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the narrative of the 2015 Greman movie named We Monsters. The movie adheres to the narrative of the Murder of Meredith Kercher, or more popularly revered as the Amanda Knox case. Jason Blum operates as the movie’s producer, and Blumhouse Productions is the publishing company. The distributor is Amazon Studios. Viewers can now watch The Lie on Amazon Prime Video, starting from October 6, 2020. The 97-minute long movie has been rated “R” due to the harsh language and violent elements present in it.
Cast: The Lie
In the movie, we have Mireille Enos in the role of Rebecca and Peter Sarsgaard as Jay. Viewers can also witness Joey King as Kayla, Cas Anvar as Sam Ifrane and Devery Jacobs playing Brittany. Additionally, the cast includes Nicholas Lea starring Detective Rodney Barnes and Patti Kim as Detective Kenji Tagata as well.
Plot: The Lie
The Lie is an awe-inspiring, emotional drama where two parents struggle as a result of the consequence of their teenage daughter’s fatal mishap. The movie elaborates on exactly how far a parent would be willing to go for their child’s safety. The parents must hide the fact that their daughter, Kayla, has admittedly killed her girlfriend, Brittany. We later see that Kayla may have somewhat psychotic tendencies and that the murder may not have mistakenly transpired after all. The parents try their hardest to cove up for their daughter, even putting aside their differences. Nonetheless, the unanticipated plot twist at the end is something nobody could have guessed.
Reception: The Lie
Viewers rated the movie received an average of 6 out of 10. On the review aggregator of Rotten Tomatoes, the film acquired a 45% approval rating based on 42 reviews. The average there stemmed out to 5.35/10. Furthermore, the film garnered an average of 47 out of 100 scores on Metacritic, based on 12 critics. This score signifies mixed reception on an average.
About: Black Box
Black Box is an American film revolving on the genres of science fiction and horror. Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., the movie is written by Stephen Herman and him. Blumhouse Television serves as the production house under executive producer, Jason Blum. Amazon Studios released the movie on October 6, 2020, along with The Lie. The film is available on the Amazon Prime Video platform. With a running time of 100 minutes, critics have labelled the movie “PG-13”, owing to the acts of violence and presence of harsh language.
Cast: Black Box
The film stars Mamoudou Athie as Nolan and Phylicia Rashad in the role of Lilian. Additionally, we see Amanda Christine as Ava, Tosin Morohunfola as Gary and Troy James starring the Backwards Man. Moreover, the cast also comprises Charmaine Bingwa as Miranda and Donald Watkins playing Thomas.
Plot: Black Box
Black Box follows the life of a man who unfortunately loses both his wife and his memory in an unexpected car accident. Now left as a single father, the protagonist, Nolan, must undergo an experimental surgery of excruciating pain to regain his forgotten memory. He visits a respected neuropsychiatrist, Dr.Brooks, in an attempt to access the damaged neurons in his brain. Utilising a high-tech machine, Nolan must undertake some risks to recover what is important.
Reception: Black Box
The movie achieved an average rating of 5 out of 10. It holds an approval rating of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on five reviews. The average rating on the site comes to an average of 6.67/10. Furthermore, Black Box has a score of 64 out of 100 on Metacritic. This score is based on seven critics, giving the generally favourable reviews.
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