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The Box [Blu-ray]
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Box, The (Blu-ray)
Push a red button on a little black box, get a million bucks cash. Just like that, all of Norma (Diaz) and Arthur Lewis's (Marsden) financial problems will be over. But there's a catch, according to the strange visitor (Lagella) who placed the box on the couple's doorstep. Someone, somewhere – someone they don't know – will die. Cameron Diaz and James Marsden play a couple confronted by agonizing temptation yet unaware they're already part of an orchestrated an – for them and us – mind-blowing chain of events.]]>
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Obviously, someone in the family pushes the button, setting off the main plot. The man reappears, gives them the million dollars, and leaves. But, they start having serious regrets, so the father goes to try to uncover the mystery behind the man, despite being told specifically not to do so. He starts to uncover evidence of a conspiracy, and finds the man is really not what he appears.
Some may find the movie becomes very surreal at certain points, but the movie itself raises a good question. How much are you willing to harm another human being for your own ends? In fact, we find the group sending out the boxes is running a test to find how many people are willing to do this.
If you want to watch a thought provoking sci-fi drama, this is worth watching.
The storyline is very interesting and will no doubt lead to engaging conversations after you're done watching it. I've seen it several times with different people and each time discussions afterwards surprised me when hearing various views of "shat would you do?" and the reasons of each person's answer. This is a movie that I enjoyed so much that I plan on buying it on DVD.
A man arrives (Arlington Steward well played by Frank Langella), the left side of his face horrifically injured but healed. Much of the tissue of his cheek and some of his neck is missing and you can see his teeth. This is sort of the best part so pay attention. He gives Norma the key to the box. He shows her a briefcase filled with a million dollars, and gives her a hundred dollar bill, to keep. He says that she has 24 hours to decide to open the box and press the button. If she presses the button, someone will die, someone she does not know. However, in return, she will get one million dollars, tax free. If she does not press the button, she will not get a million dollars, the box will be reprogrammed, and given to someone else, and he leaves.
I don't want to give the "surprises" away, but as you can imagine, the plot is not so simple as that. What I couldn't figure out is how the writer thought this was in any way suspenseful? I kept imagining in my mind this guy going to 99% of households and explaining "If you press this button, I will give you a million dollars..." and the wife or husband immediately pressing the button like on Family Feud. Then he has to say "Wait a moment, I'm not finished, if you press this button, I will give you a million dollars, but someone you do not know will die..." and they press the button again. Then he goes on "Stop pressing the button, let me finish, you have 24 hours to decide..." and they press the button. And then they ask questions like "I pressed it three times, can I have three million?"
Still kind of fun to watch, good special effects, a little mystery to unravel.
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