ARTS & LEISURE

Premiere: ‘The Box’ – button pushing sci-fi

What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars…but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences? The year is 1976. Norma Lewis is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur, is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son…until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don’t realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate. The film is based on a short story by successful US novelist Richard Matehson, called “Button, Button,” which has quickly turned into a classic. Richard Kelly, an intriguingly eccentric director, who has brought us another classic, “Donnie Darko” is not a prolific author, but every time he brings something on screen, it turns out to be a pushing the buttons kind of piece.


Although coming out to mixed reviews, this is one of the films that need to be seen a second time at least, it is smart but not eclectic, more appealing to a public less interested in effects and more keen on substance.


The Box (USA 2009) directed by Richard Kelly, with: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella


Opens at Hollywood Multiplex and Movieplex as of today.

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