Four Boxes 2009 R CC

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Trevor, Amber and Rob stumble upon a bizarre website featuring Havoc, a man who sleeps in a cage and builds bombs in his basement.

Justin Kirk, Terryn Westbrook
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Thriller
Director Wyatt McDill
Starring Justin Kirk, Terryn Westbrook
Supporting actors Sam Rosen, Bain Boehlke, David Tufford
Studio E1 Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 10, 2011
Format: DVD
The opening credits scream "major indie film." Trevor and Rob sell privacy fences. As a hobby they buy estates and sell the junk on E-Bay. They recently moved into a home owned by Bill Zill who had passed away. The man didn't leave much behind, but left stuff that was coded and cryptic. Rob invites his fiancee to come stay with them, an irritating girl named Amber/Brit who was once engaged to Trevor (guess how that works out). Amber talks like people type on the Internet, with phrases like, BFD and BRB. Likewise her and Trevor like to have conversations with their mouth full of food, another bit of annoying indie realism.

It turns out Bill Zill had a love for a web site called "4 Boxes." The 4 boxes are 4 rooms in a house which has cameras. A girl used to run the site, but then left. The house was taken over by a guy who wears a gas mask and is apparently a terrorist making bombs to send to the US. Trevor is trying to figure out who they are, where they are, and if it is real.

The movie ends with a twist, then another twist, and then one stupid ending. I think they should have let the movie go with just the first twist instead of attempting to get cute. Sex, brief nudity, f-bomb. If you really really love low budget indies, then try this one out.
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Format: DVD
Four Boxes is one of the more interesting low-budget psychological horror flicks that I've seen in a while. While most of the reviews I've read online for the film are negative, I'm not afraid to say that I enjoyed it.

The film tells the story of three friends who sell the belongings of recently deceased people on eBay. While working in the home of someone who died, they begin to notice mysterious things about his belongings. They also become hooked on a website that displays streaming video of a bizarre apartment, and it's unusual occupants who seem unaware that they are being filmed.

What I like most about this film is that the ending is totally unpredictable. There are intentional clues that may give you some idea of one major plot twist, but not the full scope. I enjoyed that there were two elements of the film to grab and hold your attention. One is the mystery left behind by the home's previous owner, the other is trying to understand what the bizarre webcam people are doing. I also love the quirky theme song for the film.

Any downsides to this movie? The budget was only $40,000 (compared to $1.2 million for "Saw"), so of course it's not going to be flawless. My biggest complaint is that most of the film drags along slowly. While the ending was worth it, I was tempted to fast forward past some of the early dialogue scenes.

The acting and dialogue could have been better, I thought the overuse of slang was a little annoying. But considering a 2010 Mercedes Benz costs more than what this film did to make, I'm cutting it a lot of slack.

The fuse burned a little too slow for me throughout most of the film, but I did find myself waiting to discover the secrets of both the house and the streaming website. I think it paid off in the end. I'm glad I gave this one a rent. Ignore the good and bad reviews both, give it a rent, and form your own opinion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haunted Flower on October 9, 2010
Format: DVD
1 DVD Disc, being released October 12, 2010

"Four Boxes" was an Official Selection of the SXSW Film Festival and stars Justin Kirk, Terryn Westbrook, and Sam Rosen as three people who stumble upon a website called that shows four boxes of different angles of house where a man they called Havoc appears to sleep in a cage, build bombs in his basement, and other weird things. They begin to watch it all the time and try to figure out if it's real or fake and if they are the only ones who can stop him from killing innocent people.

Justin Kirk was one of my favorite actors in HBO's "Angels in America" a few years back and heads up this cast well as a Trevor who is disappointed with his lot in life, but determined enough to be responsible and make something of himself. With his two friends, Amber and Rob, he runs a web-based auction business, Go Time Liquidators when he isn't working as a privacy fence salesman. He used to be with Amber (played by Terryn Westbrook) who is a somewhat talent-lacking singer/songwriter type, but she is engaged to Rob (played by Sam Rosen) who is a sloppy Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and they often get it on while Trevor is in the next room.

It is a very slow plot and difficult to believe that Trevor needs to care so much about solving the mystery of this house that instead of working on selling things to make income, he snoops around looking for clues and leaves the site open all day, everyday. All three characters stay in this dead man's suburban home with the weak attempt of auctioning his belongings, but they are all more concerned with lazying around on futon mattresses on the floor, eating, getting high, and of course, watching this site that was bookmarked on a computer lying around.
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