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Movie Review: The Box (November, 2009)

Director: Richard Kelly Screenplay: Richard Kelly Release Date: November 6, symptoms 2009 Actors: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella Based on the short story Buttons Buttons by Richard Matheson Poorly executed, great concept. These are the words that come to mind when it comes to the newest film by the director of “Donnie Darko”, Richard Kelly. Any one who has watched “Donnie Darko” understands that the ideas that come to Kelly’s mind are portrayed in a strange, almost mystical manner, with a hint of dark humor. This time around, Kelly remakes a short story, titled “Buttons Buttons” (by author Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend) into a feature length film, a story that focuses around the mystery behind a box. Set in Virgina in the early 70s, this mysterious box is delivered to a young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) who have one son. The deliverer, Arlington Steward (the fabulous Frank Langella) is a survivor of sorts who was struck by lightning and was permanently and visibly scarred. They are given the choice to press the button that is on the box and receive one million dollars — the catch being that it would […]