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Movie Review: The Box

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Written Nov. 16, 2009

The Box has to be by far one of the most confusing films I’ve ever seen in my life. full of questions I will it give credit to an extent of creativity and being able to lure me in with certain pieces of the film, but in others it was just a matter of simply “why?” I left feeling a bit antsy about general conditions of individuals and extremes one would take at the cost of well being. And pretty much scratching my head as I also questioned whether Federal organizations such as NASA, the FBI, and the CIA among others can also play with the lives of others. All in all I’m sure in life anything is possible, but there were areas of implication that left me questioning man-kind’s morals and their selfish acts at the expense of others. Scary as I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but at times it does press buttons as we see it in every day life among the “little people” (i.e. Coworkers, Family, Friends etc.) and just ashamed at the thought of how much a power trip can play a role and knowing someone with power can pretty much manipulate ANYTHING they want. All at the cost of research, testing and corrupt justification.

All of those thoughts went into play as this modern-day Twilight Zone-like of film pretty much presented. Set in the 70s with as much pizzazz as possible, the film follows Norma and Arthur Lewis (Diaz/Marsden), a suburban couple with a young child, who wind up receiving a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irreversible consequences. A mysterious stranger (Langella), delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million (Tax free) 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.

As simple as the story may sound I say it’s not. The film’s pacing and build-up was pretty cool in the sense of detailing everything and everyone out. As it set upon the Lewis’s issues one does become a bit enthralled with their lifestyle and struggles and begins to understand their frustrations and aiming a little high. Not just based on career goals, but for the purposes of health as well. Once the mysterous box is laid to rest in their hands, the anticipation becomes even a bit more intense as their downfalls began to rise a bit more. Frustrated, they look further into this box knowing the consequences, feel it’s a hoax and from that moment on what seemed interesting serves it’s purposes for a bit, but then takes off on a level where it involves, NASA, another planet, lightning and a whole host of other unexplainable events.

I can’t knock the actors as they all did well, but just the plot really flushed itself somewhere in the middle and totally lost me. My assumptions and perhaps I’m wrong, leaned more towards those of an advanced intelligence fucking with earth’s life forms at the cost of testing our nature among our own… especially our loved ones on a continued cycle.

This is a film for those who enjoy controversy, suspense and the thrill of coexisting with those of higher Intel and totally not for the person who has pretty much no connection or feeling with life in itself other than just “feed me and I’ll eat.” In the end you can’t say you haven’t been warned but it’s quite a brain-picking piece that presses buttons from attention to A.D.D. and boredom. Shit if you ask me… I think the film in itself is a government test of some sort. Oh well – it’s up to you. Enjoy!



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