The Box details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Basil Hoffman, Gillian Jacobs, James Rebhorn, Michele Durrett, Andria Blackman, Lisa K. Wyatt, Patrick Canty|
|Genres:||Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Blonde Bombshells, Death Comes Calling, Exclusive Films, Hangover Viewing, Holiday Hits, Psycho-Thriller, The A-List, Top Horror|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Apr 2010|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Directed by Richard 'Donnie Darko' Kelly, will The Box live up to its predecessor?
Most helpful review
EnjoyableBy AlexPhillips (43 reviews) from UK , 12 Nov 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]
[Highly rated reviewer]Right since other reviewers on here have not seen The Box my review may seem a little odd.
First off this is nothing like Saw 1-6 (And at various points of boredom I have forced my way through them all). I notice that someone else on here has stated that this is based on a short story from the Twilight Zone; I assume this is correct as all the way through I could not help but think that that is exactly what it feels like (I did not know it was at the time).
The story follows a couple who have been given a small black box by a sinister stranger. They are told that if the button on the box is pressed, they will receive $1 million; but someone, somewhere, who they do not know will die. They press the button and the story explores the consequences of that moral choice.
The Box seems to be following on the vain of last summers Knowing (which I enjoyed), in the recent re-emergence of 1960-70s style 'science fiction light'. I don't want to give much away as like with Knowing its very easy to spoil it for future viewers. So with that in mind I'll simply say that its enjoyable trash with a heart. Sure its an over long, extended TV episode with delusions of grandeur; but it knows what its doing and I can think of far worse ways to spend 100 minutes (the Saw movies spring to mind).
As a final note it's fair to say that this is no science fiction classic, like Blade Runner for example, and to be equally fair its not trying to be. But, if you enjoyed Knowing or films of that ilk I see no reason why you would not like this.
P.S. If you like the idea of a box based film, I heavily recommend you search out Primer!!!
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Better than I thought it would beBy pinksian1981 (6 reviews) from Swindon , 23 Jan 2012Despite the bad reviews (which was the reason we didn't see it at the cinema) I decided to put it on our list.
It was better than we thought it would be but it is a strange film and you do have to pay attention.
Worth a try
ok filmBy queeniet (20 reviews) from hampshire , 19 Jan 2012this film was worth watching if theres nothing else to choose from,it went on a bit to long,wouldnt watch again
complete surpriseBy a customer , 05 Jan 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideDidn't think I'd like this film how wrong was I. It wasn't the fastest moving film but I loved the story line, the more you watched the weirder it got and the ending was brilliant, I'd have hated it if they'd all lived happily ever after. You won't regret watching it.
Touched a nerve.By LaLaLottie (8 reviews) from Leicestershire , 03 Jan 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideClever and unique story line, but i really didnt like the ending to this film at all. SPOILER: he basically has to kill his wife and shoots her and having experienced a very close murder and suicide i couldnt watch it, so we turned it off and my husband told me the outcome later. With all whats in the news about families killing families i dont fancy watching it on a movie and i wasnt aware that this film contained this type of killing.
Sci Fi chillerBy a customer , 15 Dec 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideExcellent sci fi chiller (rather than horror). It keeps you guessing all the way through and very atmospheric music throughout. The costumes and lighting were very evocative of the era it is set in and yet it had that feeling of 1950s Sci Fi chillers such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and also an element of Hitchcock, as the viewer builds their own tension and forms their own views.