The Kovak Box 2006 R

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David is a best-selling author used to being in control. But when his wife and others around him inexplicably begin committing suicide, David becomes the reluctant hero in someone else's world.

Starring:
Timothy Hutton, Lucía Jiménez
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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The Kovak Box

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Director Daniel Monzón
Starring Timothy Hutton, Lucía Jiménez
Supporting actors David Kelly, Georgia Mackenzie, Gary Piquer, Annette Badland, Isabel Abarraga, Jorge Aguado de Gabriel, Ralph Angrick, Ana Asensio, Nina Bagusat, Keith Bartlett, Julio Bastida, Jorge Bosch, Nicholas Boulton, Luis Callejo, Kwenya Carreira, Helena Carrión, Félix Casales, Fede Celada
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Powerful performance by Timothy Hutton.
WV_Dealhunter
Kovak is able to manipulate David in broad daylight, without fear of discovery or interruption.
Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
The script is really great and the movie is well directed.
S. Segura

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Broz on June 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Timothy Hutton plays a Science Fiction author who, although he has written many novels, is best known for his first book about a song that haunted him. The song returns with a vengeance in the film and it is up to him to find a way to stop it from killing others. This was a nice tight thriller with fine acting by Hutton and David Kelly who may be familiar from Charlie and the Chocolate factory or Waking Ned Devine. It kept me guessing until the end (which is fairly hard to do). The background of beautiful Mediterranian locations make this a great movie to help escape from the summer heat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David J. Carney on May 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I was somewhat surprised with this one.David Norton is a writer who's story Gloomy Sunday is comming to life.His girlfriend tosses herself out of a window after answering her cell.David watches a DVD where a monkey bashes himself inside a glass container.To tell you everything in here would be a crime.Its a puzzler watching this one.The acting is very good and directing is also very good.I throughly enjoyed this one!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2007
Format: DVD
Timothy Hutton plays David Norton, a successful sci-fi writer who is invited to speak at a conference in Majorca. While enjoying the amenities he takes the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, but their celebratory evening is cut short after Norton finds a DVD on the bed, which is found to contain some disturbing material. While he ponders the strange gift, she receives a mysterious call on her cell phone and decides that she

"Might as well jump. jump !
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. jump !
Go ahead, jump." *

Simultaneously, Silvia (Lucia Jimenez) awakens after an evening of carousing with a friendly disc jockey, and while she is in the shower she is interrupted by the ringing of her cell phone, the caller ID reading "Gloomy Sunday". The next thing she knows, she's thinking

"Might as well jump. jump !
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. jump !
Go ahead, jump." *

She awakens in hospital, and learns that she has jumped off the balcony in an apparent suicide attempt, foiled by the fortunate placement of a canvas awning, more suited to catching the rays of the sun than falling nudes.

At the hospital she sees the grief-stricken David, and realizes that something is terribly wrong on the island. Sure enough, a rash of unexplained suicides erupts, and after she is attacked by a hypodermic wielding man, the two join forces to solve the mystery. The trail leads them to Frank Kovak, a scientist given to creative experimentation, and subsequently to Norton becoming a leading character straight out one of his books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Jaundiced Eye on August 24, 2007
Format: DVD
I am not as excited about this movie as other reviewers seem to be. It was worth watching, but contained a serious flaw that detracted from the viewing experience:

It suffered from the "Mission Impossible Syndrome" in which a character wants to accomplish a reasonably simple goal, but then resorts to wildly implausible, ridiculously complex methods to achieve the goal. In this case, as I interpret the plot, the rich old geezer (well played by David Kelly) wants the famous author (played by Timothy Hutton) to write a story about the geezer's fabulous scientific accomplishments and then kill him, both to make him famous and to spare him from a lingering, painful death due to brain cancer.

I guess just hiring an author to write the story and then seeking euthanasia (widely available, especially in Europe) were apparently way too simple for our villain. Instead, he sets up headquarters on the beautiful island of Majorca (coincidentally the writer/director's homeland), arranges for implants to be placed in 100 airline passenger's necks (which would be beyond impossible with today's supertight airline security), then uses the implants to compel the victims to commit ghastly suicides when they hear the song "Gloomy Sunday", all in hopes that this will inspire Hutton's character, the author, to write a story about it....making the demented old lunatic the "star" of the lurid tale. Never mind that the hugely negative (dare I say Hitleresque) fame resulting from a crime of this magnitude would certainly not be desireable, and definitely not worth the incredible expense and effort needed to pull it off. Indeed, he could have probably just skipped the implants and induced quite a few suicides simply by playing the song....it's a real "downer".
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THE KOVAK BOX is a successful little suspense/psychological thriller from the Spanish writers Daniel Monzón (who also directs) and Jorge Guerricaechevarría. The story may be a bit far fetched, but then what horror story isn't? The premise for the tale holds up well and is aided by some very fine performances by a mixture of Spanish, English, and American actors. The mood of the film is beautifully set during opening credits by a complex maze in which a white rat sniffs and ambulates from confusing corner to confusing wall - just the manner in which director Monzón plans to tell his story.

David Norton (Timothy Hutton) is a celebrated science fiction novelist visiting Majorca for a special conference accompanied by his soon to be fiancée Jane (Georgia Mackenzie). David has been having premonitions on his flight to the conference and those brooding thoughts continue as he registers for the conference and finds little disturbing clues that culminate in Jane's suicide leap from their hotel balcony. Almost simultaneously an attractive Spanish girl Silvia (Lucía Jiménez) in the same hotel 'jumps' from her balcony but is saved from death by falling onto an awning. Jane dies in the hospital: Silvia is in the bed next to Jane, witnesses David's grief, and the beginning of a bond is created.

David meets a strange old man Frank Kovak (David Kelly) who seeks an autograph of David's first novel 'Gloomy Sunday' and from there the mystery begins. David becomes the unknowing main character in a sci-fi story that mimics ideas from his own first book, a story about the implantation of devices in humans that would enable a central force to assist the victims in their own destructive ends.
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