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Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2009

Horror, Science fiction, Thriller
A mysterious box shows up on the doorstep of a couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden), and then a strange man (Frank Langella) shows up and makes an interesting proposition: If they press the button, somebody in the world will die, but the couple will get a million dollars. This near-miss from director Richard Kelly has a decent amount of suspense, but it comes apart in the end, as it leaves too many questions unanswered. It doesn’t help that Diaz’s performance is a little too much on the somber side, with she and Marsden failing to engage as a couple. Langella is creepy as the mystery man (aided by some interesting CGI that puts a significant hole in his face). Kelly still hasn’t managed a decent follow-up to his brilliant Donnie Darko, but this film isn’t a total loss, and Kelly may still have some good films in him.
Official Site: thebox-movie.warnerbros.com
Director: Richard Kelly
Producer: Sean McKittrick, Richard Kelly, Dan Lin, Sue Baden-Powell, Terry Dougas, Ted Field, Paris Latsis and Edward Hamm Jr.
Cast: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Sam Stone, Gillian Jacobs, Celia Weston, Deborah Rush, Lisa K. Wyatt, Mark Cartier, Kevin Robertson, Michele Durett, Ian Kahn, John Magaro, Ryan Woodle and Basil Hoffman

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