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In a word The Box: SUX. Even with Cameron Diaz to look at, it wasn't enough to keep my interest. A bizaare tale with a very unhappy ending. Once thing's for sure, the Oscars will run from this disaster. Did I mention this movie BLOWS?
I spent the first half of this movie waiting for something to happen. I spent the second half of the movie waiting for it to end. I am a big Twilight Zone fan and after reading the reviews and premise of the film I thought I would enjoy it. Boy was I wrong. The film might of had half an hour of interesting material but by stretching it out for two hours it became almost unbearable. Cameron Diaz must have needed the money or owed someone a big favor. I feel like two hours of my life were stolen. The Box is a really bad film.
If you are a Donnie Darko fan you WILL like this. Does it even touch the awesomness of Donnie Darko? No. But how would that even be possible?
There is a unique style to the camera work in this movie (things are close up and it makes it more intense) that really needs to be viewed on a large screen to get the full intended impact.
I would give this movie a 6.5 or 7 out of 10. It kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat but somehow missed going over the edge into greatness. It's worth seeing but there are thing in the movie that are not explained and at times it left me a little annoyed.
If you like this director you will like the movie. I wish that Regal could type the correct name in their list. It's called "The Box". Not "Box".
I remember the same short story on one of he later Twilight Zones.
This is a good retelling, but the original stopped at the point about 45 minutes into the movie after the man returns for the box.
It is set in 1975, and in this version involves someone at NASA, and it goes down from there. The NSA, technology or magic, and various other elements tend to spoil the thing.
Basically a 5 star for the morality play or plays and situations, but it is grafted onto or merged with a 1 star B-scifi-movie. In the old version (based on a short story called "button button") the questions are left unanswered and it is more powerful in doing so.
One of the lamest movies I have seen in a long time. Not suspenseful just weird with a plot that drags. Everyone I went with wanted their money and time returned. Surprised that Cameron would lower her standards like this!! If you don't believe this review you will once you see this snooze and will regret wasting your time and money.
Like most, I found Richard Kelly's DONNIE DARKO on DVD. While I certainly didn't understand all of the movie, I found its combination of disparate genres from sci-fi to teen flick intriguing, and looked forward to future films from this unique writer/director. Then came SOUTHLAND TALES, which tried to do the same thing, but ended up just being an unwatchable mess. Now Kelly brings us THE BOX, based on a short story by Richard Matheson. Kelly takes the story of a down on their luck family offered a large sum of money. The catch: they will get the money after pressing a button on a box, which will subsequently kill someone they don't know. Kelly takes the story and greatly expands it, taking it in unexpected, and unexplainable, directions. Kelly has no problem throwing everything that comes into his mind into his movie. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. There are a lot of people who find this kind of filmmaking frustrating. I, for one, find Kelly refreshing. That a filmmaker is still willing to take chances, to risk alienating their audience for the sake of being true to their vision, is something that I greatly admire. The fact that this movie is as entertaining as it is is just a bonus.