The Box

The Box

DVD - 2010
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Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child. After Arthur losses his job, they receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. Arlington Steward is a mysterious stranger who delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, by pressing this button it will simultaneously cause the death of another person somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With 24 hours to decide, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

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gasienicamatt
Jun 06, 2015

30 minutes of a pretty decent thriller and an hour of the most nonsensical plot you've seen. It has a really stupid reveal halfway through and the movie gets dumber even after that. Don't even bother, you'd be better off just flipping the light switch for 1.5 hour.

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johncruse
May 14, 2014

Weird and pointless rambling.

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john_doh17
May 05, 2014

Contains spolier! Is it morals or really gullibility? My take on this is somewhat different than what I think they intended. Supposedly it is a test of morals of humanity. What if the real test was to see how gullible we are? Would anyone really risk pushing the button without asking a lot more questions? Maybe that is what they were testing. Eveni if I were willing to push the button, I would need to know a lot more details to make the decision, and if they wouldn't answer me, that is the answer. Perhaps the real message is about not making rash decisions with incomplete information.

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jazeebelle
Apr 25, 2014

i liked it better than i thought i would, but wished it would have been executed better. Not a fan of Diaz so i went into it slightly biased.

Mocha6ft3 Jan 06, 2014

This movie had my friend and i scratching our heads trying to figure out what was going on. Not since "Donnie Darko" has a movie been so weird to my friend who just couldn't make sense of the film. I was cracking up constantly listening to her say "what the f@#k is going on?" I must admit that i, too, was a bit mystified while watching this movie, but i enjoyed it anyway. It was certainly different from what we normally watch. The special effects for make-up was very good on Mr. Langella face. Every time they showed him my friend covered her eyes partially because it made her slightly ill looking at the side of his face. I considered the audio in this movie "all around sound" and it should be watched on your HOMETHEATER! After the movie was over she must have asked me a million questions about the story. I told her the guy was an alien who was testing us. Yeah,right!!! I was, and still am uncertain about the story. This is one of those films where you just go for the ride and enjoy where the story takes you. For that, i give this "head scratching film" 4 stars. For an unusual story, very good make-up effects, and having my friend completely confused. A pint of General Tso chicken, pork fried rice, two egg rolls, and chinese tea.

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neonkc
Dec 08, 2012

very good

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krystalamanda16
Dec 06, 2012

it was okay, not as good as i thought it'd be

markkluk Nov 15, 2012

Really Bad.

Red_Sox Oct 31, 2012

Love Cameron Diaz !! But, this is really a bad movie. The only real reason to spend any time watching it is to See the BPL's Johnson and McKim Building in a Movie.

Badgertg Sep 26, 2012

I guess this movie simply works for some people and doesn't work for others. But it works for me. The trick, I think, is to watch it with a good understanding of Richard Kelly, and all the things he's good at doing in his movies (being atmospheric and creepy, creating interesting visuals and intriguing situations/ideas) and, more importantly, what he's NOT good at (making sense, coming up with realistic-sounding dialogue, fully explaining everything by the end of the movie). It may also help if you know the basic story in advance, either from the Twilight Zone episode or the original Richard Matheson work of short fiction. Frankly, though, all I can really say is that, if you're intrigued, you should give this movie a shot, but know that you may be among those who are disappointed. I guess it's a risk. Oh, and Frank Langella, as always, is wonderful.

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