Written November 12, 2009
I have read the majority of the reviews posted here on Fandango and yet decided to take the chance and see THE BOX. In this society filled with ADD and ADHD, I can understand how some of the reviewers were bored with this film. It is a very artistic and stylish period piece wherein some extraordinary actions take place.While the film's plot is an extrapolation from the short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson, it goes above and beyond that story, filling in gaps and taking privilege with the action and conclusion to the tale.
Cameron Diaz and Frank Langella really burn the screen with their intensity, while James Marsden captures the 'everyman' heart of the film.Over all, this is a film you must attend with an open mind and patience for the fruits of the plotline to ripen as you watch. If you prefer films filled with action and fast-paced plot wrapped up inside of an hour and a half, this will probably bore you. However, if you can appreciate the subtleties of a good film, GO!
Written November 06, 2009
Don't be fooled by the trailers, which makes this movie look like a darker version of "indecent Proposal", that is, creepy but still a fairly conventional morality tale. After seeing the movie I realized that it is a remake of a mid-1980s New Twilight Zone episode, which came from an early 1970s short story by master science fiction author Richard Matheson. In stretching the short story into a feature length film, the plot line morphs into a gloomy, silly and extremely confusing array of scenes and under-written characters. It lost so many audience members along the way that I actually heard some hissing when the movie ended. And this was a sneak preview crowd that got in for free! I am a hardcore Twilight Zone fan and so probably liked it more than the average film goer, but that isn't saying much. If you really want to see this movie in a theater then act quickly because I think the word of mouth will kill it after its first week.
Written November 10, 2009
I wanted to kill myself..
Written November 10, 2009
This movie was the 2nd lamest movie I think I've ever seen. (What rated #1 as the worst movie I've seen? The Fountain.) I liked the original Twilight Zone episode with this story, but this movie carried it too far beyond that without any point. There were so many "extras" that really never connected for me or my husband. Overall, it was just a waste of my time. Don't waste yours.
Written November 19, 2009
Hello out there.This is my first review. Please let me know if this is how it's supposed to go.
I saw this movie the first time and thought it was insane. BF decided we should try it again and we have seen it 2 more times,and this is what we think. The Box is a very smart,deep idea and everything eventually makes sense. But it doesn't if you don't see it a few times. Unless you are highly intelligent,do not spend the money at the theatre. Buy it and watch it a few times. The director should have taken into account the average audience he would get if he wanted it to be a people pleaser.But if he just wanted to make a good mystery he did a good job. My biggest complaint is the random bunch of people in the crowd scenes who had nothing to do with anything. We will buy this. Thanks for reading.