Press the button and get a million dollars, but someone whom you don't know will die. This is the offer given to Norma and Arthur, an ordinary decent couple played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, by the mysterious Arlington Steward (Frank Langella). The question "What would you do?" will ring in your ears as you witness that their decision is just the beginning.
The Box could be considered a science fiction film or a tale about morality or even being happy with your own status in life and avoiding such dubious human qualities as greed. For the couple who have to make that choice we follow them as they experience a chain of events that defy description and have to be seen to be believed. For the most part I really enjoyed The Box, there were certain aspects of the film that failed to gel or hold true, such as the library sequence. A little more work and a tighter theatrical version would have made the film more palatable. It does come off the rails with a sizeable chunk of the running time left, but does manage to cling on for life before coming back strong in the final few scenes. Kelly films aren’t about satisfying audiences; instead you know that you are about to discover something different, eerie and thought provoking. The Box is no different. Cameron Diaz is very watch able and Frank Langella impressive with a performance that lives on in the memory and not just for the CGI face work. For a film based on a short story, The Box manages to spin out a simple premise into a full blown production with some success.
To push or not to push that is the question!
- The Box review by BL
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You rated this film: 2
For me it is simple - greed or morality. Yes ther are compelling reasons why someone would sacrifice a life for wealth but here we have another fine example of money not buying happiness. It is simple plot but well played out by Cameron Diaz and Frank Langella and quite dramatically in some places. I did guess the ending but enjoyed the movie - If it was me I'd like to think I made the right choice - would you??????