Part Twilight Zone, part X-Files, The Box sure knows how to put an interesting sci-fi plot and twist it until your nose bleeds.
The story starts off pretty tight: Arthur and Norma Lewis (played by James Marsden and Cameron Diaz respectively) get an offer from the mysterious Arlington Steward (played by Frank Langella) and the offer is that they have 24 hours to decide to push a button on top of a box and by doing so, someone they do not know will die. If they push the button, they get one million outright. This offer sets off a series of events that leads to the couple making a tough decision.
Sounds simple, eh?
Unfortunately, director Richard Kelly (of "Donnie Darko" fame) decided not to take the simple route and weaves an improbable tale involving aliens, government conspiracy, and psychological warfare. Make no mistake, the movie is gripping and is very smart, but I was lost at the last quarter of the movie.
The Box is a movie about tangled events and I think only a person with an IQ of 150 will enjoy the film fully. Tough luck if you're part of the 98% of the population-- this film will be pure mindfu*k.
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