Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star in The Box, a thriller about a married couple who come home one day to find a box sitting on their front step. Scary, right? Right! The box has a button in it – a big, red, scary button. And if you press the button, someone in the world will die – so says Frank Langhella, who appears to be the villain. If they press it, though, they will receive a million dollars, and this couple is really tight on cash. Langhella, who is missing part of his face, also tells the strapping couple that he has people everywhere, and he isn’t lying.
The Box is from director Richard Kelly, who is best known for the cult classic Donnie Darko. While that film is amazing, he is also responsible for the God-awful Southland Tales, and currently I regard the man as a one-hit wonder. Can The Box move him out of that designation? Possibly. It looks good but not great, though it has one of those concepts that is either going to work exceptionally well or not at all. Only time will tell.
Watch The Box movie trailer here:
The Box arrives in theaters on October 30, 2009.