What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollarsbut simultaneously take the life of someone you don't know?
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Creepy thriller too confusing for kids, awful for adults.
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Fresh: I think that Richard Kelly, from one film to the next, has gone in some very interesting and sometimes puzzling directions.
- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, November 9, 2009
Rotten: Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Saturday, September 24, 2011
Rotten: Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the thrills with none of the chills courtesy of The Box, the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, November 5, 2009
A 'close but no cigar' adaptation of Richard Matheson's work. I like the story and written in its original form it's brilliant. The problem is that Richard Kelly, one of the most over-hyped Directors working today, tried to tell the whole story when he should have edited it for the screen. The phrase 'Less is more' rings true here as after the hundredth twist neither myself or my wife gave a toss about the characters or what would happen to them. You can't draw in an audience with a simple premise and then bombard them with Aliens, 'Lightning people', Body-snatching, mind control etc etc. It was like a season of The Twilight Zone condensed into 100 minutes. It does look though and I did like many of the ideas. Frank Langella was brilliant as the creepy half-faced Arlington Steward and the supporting cast, especially the late James Rebhorn, gave a realistic feeling to the fantasy. Unfortunately Cameron Diaz and James Marsden let the whole production down, neither of them bring anything of substance or intrigue or indeed believability to the story and were obviously hired for their names/looks. A different pair of actors would have improved the film no end in my opinion. In conclusion, this is a real missed opportunity and maybe better suited to a mini-series rather than a film.
- SirPant, Thursday, April 10, 2014
This could have been a lot better....If they just kept it simple. Cause the beginning and the end is really good....But the middle part with the guy being struck by lightning and coming back to life...and all that supernatural stuff (I can't really remember)...that was just too much....Keep it simple....
- TheGame90, Monday, November 29, 2010