The Box, a movie, a review, and a disappointed viewer.

The box should really be kept in its wrapping. Thats my attempt to sound like Barry Norman.

Ok it’s not all bad but what really would be best suited to an hour long TV special gets drawn out into a movie that’s not really deserving of so much screen time.

The actors all put in solid performances, the set and detailing in the creation of the 70’s is great (but its only the 1970’s they are creating not the 1470’s, how hard should it be) but I still couldn’t help but feel a little let down by Richard Kelly’s latest movie.

The premise of the movie is that a couple, played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, who are struggling financially get a mysterious box on the their door step one morning, later an ominous man by the name of Arlington Steward offers them the chance to receive 1 million dollars, all they have to do is push the button in the box.  The catch is that someone who they don’t know will die.

What follows is a look at the ethical basis of our choices and the consequences that they can create however, for me there are too many loose ends for it to ever really manage that and the whole thing feels a bit damp.

Donnie Darko was superb, Southland Tales awful and the box gets sent to the return address with a little note; “Must try harder” like I used to get from school.


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