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The Box (2009), directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, is an imaginative sci-fi thriller based on the short story "Button, Button" (1970) by Richard Matheson.

In this film, Diaz and Marsden play a cash-strapped couple living in 1976, who are faced with a moral dilemma. One day a puzzling box appears on their door step followed by the disfigured Frank Langella, who offers them a way out of there unsettling circumstances: if they push the red button on top of the box they will be given £1 million. Sound too good to be true? Well it is! If they do push the button a person they don't know will drop down dead and they only have 24 hours to make the decision - would you do it?

This jumpy, intelligent and suspenseful thriller is pure popcorn-fodder that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will make you think long after the credits role.

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From writer/director Richard Kelly ('Donnie Darko') comes this suspense horror, based on a short story by Richard Matheson and starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. When a little wooden box mysteriously appears on the doorstep of cash-strapped young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (Diaz and Marsden), the secret it holds presents a moral dilemma which forces them to face the darkest depths of their humanity.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play From writerdirector Richard Kelly (&39;Donnie Darko&39;) comes this suspense horror based on a short story by Richard Matheson and starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden When a little wooden box mysteriously appears on the doorstep of cash-strapped young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (Diaz and Marsden) the secret it holds presents a moral dilemma which forces them to face the darkest depths of their humanity

  • Average Rating for The Box [2009] - 3 out of 5


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  • The Box [2009]
    Kashif Ahmed

    Cracking psychological thriller, but only about three people saw it, and one of them was director Richard Kelly ('Donnie Darko'). Set in 1976, 'The Box' is an absorbing, if overlong, 'Twilight Zone' style morality tale with allusions to Sartre's 'No Exit', in which a young couple; played by Cameron Diaz and 'X-Men' star James Marsden, are given the opportunity to receive a million dollars by pressing a button on a mysterious box. The catch being: that pushing said button would result in someone's death. Frank Langella co-stars as an unnerving inventor who seeks to seal the Faustian pact and set into motion an increasingly bizarre series of events.

    It's good to see Cameron Diaz on screen again, as I'd all but given up on her after 'Charlie's Angles 2', a string of lame comedies and way too much time behind the mike on those 'Shrek' movies. But she's back with something akin to a vengeance in 'The Box' and puts in a good performance with a particularly strong, well acted scene towards the end. No one seems to rate Richard Kelly anymore, but the innovative young auteur who rose to prominence with cult classic 'Donnie Darko' is an acquired taste; few liked his hit n' miss futurist satire 'Southland Tales' and fewer chose to delve into 'The Box'. A demanding, occasionally frustrating, but ultimately engaging experience, this film's bound to find an audience at home; and is certainly one of the more memorable Hollywood thrillers in recent years. Give it a go.

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