The Box

2010-03-12 10:02
The Box

What it's about:

What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars, but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would the consequences be?

The year is 1976. Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur (James Marsden), is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son, until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a potentially life-altering proposition: The box.

With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don’t realise is that, no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will already have been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate.
What the critics said:

"Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up."
- Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine

"This film just goes interminably on and on, like some pop video to a prog rock track from hell, padding things out to feature length with all sorts of incredible gibberish and extraneous nonsense."
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Kelly, as he did in Donnie Darko, avoids obvious scare techniques. Instead, he makes the bizarre, the surreal, and the frightening emerge from normal reality."
- David Denby, New Yorker

"After a slightly promising start, this great-looking but ultimately deeply confusing and unscary sci-fi/horror opus turns into a quite boring rehash of M. Night Shyamalan's post-Signs films."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"If you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

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