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The Box (I) (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  6 November 2009 (USA)
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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.



(screenplay), (short story "Button, Button")
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Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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All you have to do is push the button. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kutija  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,571,417 (USA) (6 November 2009)


$15,045,676 (USA) (1 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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This marks the first feature-length film scored by members of the Canadian band Arcade Fire (Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett) See more »


When footage is shown of the Langley Research Center we can see a fuselage of an A-320, an aircraft not built until 1989. See more »


Norma Lewis: You sure do ask a lot of questions.
Walter Lewis: And now you're avoiding them.
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Version of Black Button (2007) See more »


O Say Can You See
Performed by Pat Boone
Arranged by Ralph Carmichael
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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6 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The creator of Donnie Darko brings you a twilight zone themed tale of the oddest fashion. The film centers on a middle aged young couple living paycheck to paycheck in 1976. One day a mysterious box appears with a red button. Later on that day a spooky gentleman shows up and tells them that they have the choice to press the button and receive a million dollars but someone they don't know will die. It's a disturbing and provocative question suspensefully outlined in the trailer and TV spots. But let it be known that you just don't know what your in for until you see it. At times pretentious and a bit melodramatic the film is ultimately effective because of it's good performances and intriguing subject matter. It would be unfair to ruin any of the plot twists for you but lets just say the film will deliver on the aspects you expect it to and not completely fulfill others it begins to outline. There's a lot of apparent symbolism and subtext in the film which is both interesting and annoying as it wasn't so evident in his other superior film Donnie Darko. There isn't too much more to say without ruining the film for you. it's meant to inspire lots of cafe chatter afterwards. However, i'd also like to say It's shot well and has an appropriately aged look to it and it's worth a watch. Check it out.

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