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The Box
Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1...  View more >

Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella...  View more >

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Nov 20, 2009
I'm a Donnie Darko fan, so I didn't mind the disjointed way the story is told. The characters are a bit 2 dimensional, but the story kept me thinking.
Nov 25, 2009
"When the button is push, there is no running away," that line came from a 1965 song "Eve of Destruction." It sum up the plot of the film "The Box." In it, a couple with money troubles recieve a box from a man with part of his destroyed. He will offer a million dollars if he or she push the button. If they did, someone will die. Yes the did push the button, they hope that will be the end of it, but the trouble is just begun. I love the make-up job they did on Frank Langella's face and Cameron Diaz's leg. That film will sure get an Oscar nomination for best make-up. Last week, I read in entertainment Weekly that "the box" is the most hated movie of the year. That movie even receive grades of F. a low score. I saw this movie as unpleasant, but it's not a bad movie. The theme of the movie is making difficult decisions in life and how those decisions will affect those around you.
Mar 2, 2010
I think the premise of the movie is interesting, and ripe with potential. Unfortunately, this movie's adaptation of that premise is unfocused to the point of frustration. It also suffers from a casting issue which prevented me from buying into it from the get-go.

Roger Ebert called the movie "preposterous," but I think that's being too kind. He also gave it 3 stars, which is far too kind. Just because something doesn't make sense doesn't make it good in my book, but maybe I'm missing something...

The casting issue I had was with James Marsden. Everyone other major character in the movie seemed like they fit, but Marsden stuck out as a bad match for the assigned role. Cameron Diaz isn't the greatest actress in the world, but she ran circles around Marsden when it came to conveying the emotional upheaval caused by their actions.

To me, the crux of the story is whether or not to push the button, and what it does to you when you make the decision one way or the other. That should have been enough, but instead, The Box tries to involve aliens, brainwashed humans, and a hotel pool that looked like the Stargate. In trying to explain too much, it took away the mystery and defocused the movie away from the primary characters in the movie.

Rather than keeping me intrigued, I got impatient watching them clean up the flood. Why did the flood happen? Who knows, but it sucked up time in the movie that could have been edited out or at least had more of a purpose.

At the end, even the premise is abandoned. The actions of another couple do not affect the decision that Diaz and Marsden make, but rather it comes just as the decision is carried out. Rather than complete a full circle, it just seems like a contrivance instead.

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