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The first trailer for “Donnie Darko” director Richard Kelly’s “The Box” has arrived online. The film asks the question: “If you could push a button and make $1 million dollars, but someone, somewhere in the world that you don’t know will die the instant you push the button, would you do it?” Well, would you? The film is based on a short story called “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson (of “I am Legend” fame), and co-stars a creepy, scarred Frank Langella as the deliverer of said box. The trailer makes it look much more complicated than Matheson’s original story, which was pretty simple and had one of those ironic twist endings.
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, Frank Langella, Gillian Jacobs, James Rebhorn, Deborah Rush, Michael Zegen, Celia Weston, Holmes Osborne, and Lisa K. Wyatt. Directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”).
Make your choice October 30.