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Thinking Outside the Box

Earlier in the week, I reviewed The Box. However, I have some more fundamental gripes with the movie that it wasn’t entirely appropriate to discuss in the review – probably because they involve discussing several key elements of the plot which may have been regarded as spoilers for the review. So here we go…

James Marsden didn't get the film on the first read through either...

Note: This is going to be a spoiler-filled examination of the movie. So, consider yourself warned. And we’re talking big spoilers here, not itty-bitty ones.

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Non-Review Review: The Box

I have an offer to make. If you push the button, two things will happen. First, someone, somewhere in the world, whom you don’t know, will die. Second, you will receive a payment of one million dollars. You have 24 hours.

“Arlington Stewart”

Such is the premise of The Box, a movie based on a short story by science fiction icon Richard Matheson, but one of the movie’s many problems is that director Richard Kelly apparently doesn’t find that premise interesting enough to sustain his film. That seems inherently pithy, considering that Matheson’s story Button, Button has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and as a radio play for CBS Mystery Theatre – there must have been something there. Instead, Kelly uses the eponymous box as a jumping off point into what can only really be described as “abstractsville”, taking a left at “crazy town”. There are moments in this film which work, but they are few and far between – there are large stretches of time when it is just infuriating.

James Marsden counts up the box office receipts... they aren't good...

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