The Box

Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD: February 23, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 2.28
based on 324 votes and 27 reviews
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Cast: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Sam Oz Stone, Gillian Jacobs, Celia Weston


What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars... but simultaneously take the life of someone you don't know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences?

The year is 1976. Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur (James Marsden), is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son... until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep (Frank Langella) and presents them with a life-altering proposition: the box.

With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face a momentous moral dilemma. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate.

Director: Richard Kelly
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Sean McKittrick, Richard Kelly, Dan Lin
Screenplay: Richard Kelly
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  • 2 stars "Supposedly based on the Richard Matheson short story, which was chilling, beautifully rendered, and brief. To pad it out to feature length, they had to complicate the plot, making it more cerebral but stripping away the chilling simplicity of Matheson's story."
  • 1 star "another great idea down the toilet by a horrible script! thinking of wanting a time-waster? move along, move along nothing to see here!"
  • 1 star "Cameran Diaz was wasted in this role. I found myself falling asleep through this one."