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½ September 10, 2017
This movie started out good, but quickly went downhill.
½ September 7, 2017
What a complete and utter load of nonsense.
½ August 20, 2017
How could such a promising film end up so complicated? What started off as a simple premise of a couple having to choose to push the button or not, ended up so jumbled. If they opted to press it then they would be 1m richer, but with the fact that someone somewhere will have died as a result of their decision, it makes the predicament all that harder. I had assumed that once they pressed it, the next couple who are in receipt of the box would ultimately make a decision that could end up killing the previous pushers of the button. I think I was partly right, but to be honest I've no idea, as it just became so unnecessarily twisted and over the top Sci-Fi. Part of me almost gave it up, but the persistent part of me wanted to see it through to the end to see if anything became clearer - Alas, it didn't. I had wanted to see this for a while so I was very disappointed with the outcome, and should anyone need me to describe what happened, I would struggle to explain how it all concluded despite having read Wikipedia. I wouldn't really recommend this, only to a Sci-Fi expert, in the hope that they might be able to tie up all the loose ends that made all of this just one big mystery to me. I don't really associate Cameron Diaz with this sort of film, and it's one I'll now remember for all the wrong reasons. Difficult to watch, difficult to review, and difficult to see myself ever watching this again!
August 9, 2017
I thought it was a well crafted science experiment of a movie. It leads much to your imagination and spurs feelings of dread and suspicion over the choices we make. Who is pulling the strings? Is there a giant scoreboard in life keeping track of our decisions good and bad? For this reason, I love this movie and have watched it many times sense. It's a guilty pleasure movie for me.
July 30, 2017
Interesting plot and movie and one that keeps you not sure what is going to happen or how it will end. But it also keeps you interested in it and it is a good movie. A great, clean sci-fi thriller. And it's not a reusable plot that you have seen before like in so many other movies.
½ July 24, 2017
A little bit confusing, but very good movie. Imaginative, thrilling and original.
½ July 21, 2017
This movie contradict's itself and does not explain all the elements of the film.
July 21, 2017
This is a great existential film that is not for the big box sci-fi fans who like big FX and minimal plot. This film is not what it seems and for that, I thank the artists who made it! It was beautifully edited in such a way that forces the viewer to look at it as more than what it seems. For anyone who loves Jean Paul Sartre, you'll love the eccentricity, detail, intrigue, and suspense. It's far more than just a box, it's a metaphor for whatever you want it to be.
July 8, 2017
Huge disappointment !
May 20, 2017
The cinema equivalent of trash.
½ April 24, 2017
Good idea for a story made into possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. Terrible from start to finish. What was the Santa all about?!!
½ March 17, 2017
Very boring movie. I liked the ending sequence though.
February 2, 2017
Not a good movie to watch
January 13, 2017
Nothing more frustrating than having all the components to structure a thought-provoking, chilling film -- and then blowing your chance so spectacularly.

Being let down not only by its less-than-middle-tier leads but also plagued by erratic direction, abhorrent editing, chaotic writing, and a myriad of other technical issues, The Box only benefits from two points -- Frank Langella's ever-charming performance, and the potential conversation the age-old party question of this particular "What Would You Do If" game could spark amongst your company.

Sidenote: Southern accent, Cameron Diaz? Really? Please don't.
½ January 8, 2017
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?!?!?! Horrible
January 6, 2017
Excruciating tedium.
½ November 28, 2016
No, don't bother your not missing a thing.
November 23, 2016
Mimicking the styles of Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock, The Box is a needlessly complex and poorly acted mess with cheap thrills and a lack of understanding of its source material
October 30, 2016
Following 2006's Southland Tales, writer/director Richard Kelly goes closer to his roots, his 2001 directorial debut and cult classic Donnie Darko, with The Box, a fellow mindbending sci-fi drama whose ambition doesn't always pay off in a positive manner, but is undeniably, and perhaps strangely, engaging nonetheless. The film raises a lot of fascinating philosophical concepts, and while they pretty much get lost in the shuffle during the second act, the first and third really asks the questions that make you think. What does it mean to "know" someone? Is material wealth more important than the life of a fellow human? The first and third acts are essentially the beginning and ending of a family drama, and Kelly really nails the emotional struggle of the characters at hand.

The second act is where The Box will really divide viewers. Not unlike Donnie Darko, the film devolves into fantastical sci-fi elements involving a mysterious cult-like group and the involvement of a government subsection tied to the mysterious Steward (Frank Langella). However, whereas Donnie Darko's complicated time travel narrative seemed to flow with the coming-of-age tale it told, the complexities in The Box equally convoluted but feel less necessary to the story. The big twist the film seems to try to set up for is pretty predictable, and can be guessed by the beginning of the second act. And yet, there's something that keeps you drawn in the whole time. Whether it's the symmetrical camerawork or the eerie Arcade Fire score or the narrative itself, something about the film grabs you and doesn't let you be too bothered by its absurdity.

It certainly nails the Twilight Zone vibe (it's adapted from an episode based on a Richard Matheson short story) and, while the narrative shows signs that it probably wasn't meant for a 115 minute movie, it makes for the kind of delightfully unnerving time you expect from that. Perhaps stronger actors leading the pack (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are fine but nothing special) and a more refined second act could push The Box from intriguing but flawed cerebral sci-fi to something a bit more consistent.
October 14, 2016
Strange, but it looks like money is more enticing than moral salvation.
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