I’m told Richard Kelly is some kind of genius, and fanboys everywhere love his movie “Donnie Darko” so much they will keep buying the new versions of the movie that keep getting released every year. (I think this is what they mean by “There’s a sucker born every minute.” But I digress.) Kelly’s latest is “The Box”, which stars Cameron Diaz (as this poster, and her giant name and noggin’ plastered over everything clearly denotes) and a mysterious box that grants $1 million bucks to anyone who presses a button on it.
The catch: someone, somewhere, will instantly die the second the button is pressed. It’s the kind of moral dilemma that will have people talking. You know, just like Kelly’s “Southland”. What, you saw “Southland”, didn’t you? For shame! I’m told it was sheer genius, too. That, or sheer crap. Either/or. Poster for “The Box” after the jumparoo.
Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.
Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Michael Zegen, Frank Langella, Celia Weston, Gillian Jacobs, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, and Lisa K. Wyatt. Richard Kelly writes and directs.
Don’t press the box October 30.