As I sat in my chair eager to watch another film directed by professionals
of color, I thought to myself “I am ready for something different”
and different is what I got.
Pandora’s Box is a twisted story about Psychiatrist Mia Dubois
played by Monica Calhoun, who appears to have the perfect life.
As Mia takes on the counseling of a new client, widower Tammy, who
is dealing with the murder of her husband, she begins to engulf
herself in her clients’ life experiences inevitably embracing a
fate which forces her to make choices and question who she is. As
she walks into a world of amoral eroticism and kinky sex, she begins
to unfold deep dark secrets about her desires, her venerable marriage,
her reality, and the fine lines she crosses with her profession.
The movies slow start gave me too much room to think about my unfinished
laundry and things I had to complete at home BUT as I was about
to prematurely conclude that this is “B rated film” the movie began
to take me into a triangle I never expected.
Eyes Wide Shut meets Trios 2.maybe. It’s a roller coaster ride
filled with heat, mystery and suspense. Expect to see hot love making
scenes with guest appearances by Tyson Beckford, who I must say
is still befriending his local gym. Women get ready! Hampton Hines
played by Michael Jai White will impress most with his devious yet
very enticing character who lures Mia into this underground world
of sin and pleasure. Certainly this is a very far cry from his karate
days but I say, “change is good”. Monica Calhoun has taken control
of her acting career. The good girl image we saw in “The Best Man”
has been hung out to dry; She creates this 3 dimensional character
which encompasses a wide range of emotions. Mia’s husband played
by well-known daytime soap opera actor Kristoff St. John leaves
us with a new and improved definition of greed and manipulation.
Arabesque writers beware; Pandora’s box might give you a run for
your money. It’s a soap opera in movie format…DRAMA.
Though not an exact adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind’s
work, Pandora’s Box’s risqué, dangerous and unexpected spins will
be an “out of the box” experience for most viewers.