The Box

The Box

The Box

From the director of Donnie Darko, comes another mind-bender: Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden) are a suburban couple with a young kid who receive a simple wooden box with a big red button. A mysterious man (Frank Langella) comes along and tells them that they will be delivered $1 million if they press the button. The downside is that some human being, somewhere in the world, will die. Norma and Arthur have 24 hours to choose whether they want to take part in this odd trade-off.

2009Rating: M, contains violence115 minsUSA
MysteryScience FictionThriller
Director:
Richard Kelly ('Donnie Darko', 'Southland Tales')
Writer:
Richard Kelly
Cast:
Cameron DiazJames MarsdenFrank Langella
8%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Horrible

Worse than the Directors Cut of Donnie Darko (which I hated after loving Donnie Darko in cinemas). I can't beleive that anyone in their right mind would pay to finance what is a 2 hour (and it felt longer!) Twilight Zone episode. It's a very old science fiction story, and I would have thought that with Kelly at the helm it could have been at least a little...

1.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

It's a curly can of worms that this intriguing premise involving action, reaction and consequence prises open.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

“The Box,” is sincere and sinister and inevitably ambitious, a serious work that insists on its own seriousness even when it edges toward the preposterous.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I know, I know, "The Box" triumphantly qualifies for one of my favorite adjectives, "preposterous." But if you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Too bad Norma and Arthur didn't leave it on the porch. Richard Kelly's latest is no 'Donnie Darko.' The morality tale is fractured, foolish and slow as molasses.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An artistic fiasco that cuts across genre lines and all logic to become, perhaps, an instant midnight movie.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up.

4.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

It's a curly can of worms that this intriguing premise involving action, reaction and consequence prises open.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

“The Box,” is sincere and sinister and inevitably ambitious, a serious work that insists on its own seriousness even when it edges toward the preposterous.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I know, I know, "The Box" triumphantly qualifies for one of my favorite adjectives, "preposterous." But if you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Too bad Norma and Arthur didn't leave it on the porch. Richard Kelly's latest is no 'Donnie Darko.' The morality tale is fractured, foolish and slow as molasses.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An artistic fiasco that cuts across genre lines and all logic to become, perhaps, an instant midnight movie.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up.

4.0

Horrible

Worse than the Directors Cut of Donnie Darko (which I hated after loving Donnie Darko in cinemas). I can't beleive that anyone in their right mind would pay to finance what is a 2 hour (and it felt longer!) Twilight Zone episode. It's a very old science fiction story, and I would have thought that with Kelly at the helm it could have been at least a...

1.0