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The Box (2009)

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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.

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(screenplay), (short story "Button, Button")
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Dick Burns
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Lana Burns
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Clymene Steward
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Rhonda Martin
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Martin Teague (as Mark Cartier)
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Wendell Matheson
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Rebecca Matheson
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Vick Brenner
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Charles
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Storyline

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

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kutija  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,571,417, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,045,676, 3 January 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the nanny is looking through the stack of old Astounding science fiction magazines, she mentions the title of one story, "The Day of the Moron." "The Day of the Moron" was written by science fiction author H. Beam Piper, who wrote a story about how the human race originated on Mars and immigrated to Earth. See more »

Goofs

After Norma's Father runs Arlington's license plate number, he refers to the vehicle as a "Town Car". It's actually a Buick Electra. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Norm Cahill: Walter's upstairs, he's okay. They assure me you and your son will be taken care of.
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Connections

Features Alice (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't You See
Written by Toy Caldwell Jr. (as Toy Caldwell)
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
Courtesy of Shout! Factory
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Green Eggs and Ham
12 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Ha ha. - oh no - what to say about this film? Yes - green eggs and ham makes more sense than this movie. Where does one start? A lot of the good stuff has already been said - so I won't divulge into the same territory. I believe you already have the movie summary - so I won't paraphrase the movie.

First - let's start the with good.

1). If you like psychological thrillers that make you think (as I do) the first 29 minutes of this film will be for you - this is one of those films that illustrates the question that you always talked about on long car drives when you were kids like (what if you had to chose one family member live, another to die, or, what if you had to die by drowning or fire) This movie is a great concept - bottom line.

2) The wardrobe group did a fine job with bringing us back to the 70's. Realistically though, how difficult is that to accomplish? .....Okay, that's about all for the good. Let's talk about the bad.

1). This movie feels like a 2 hour "Twilight Zone" episode. This could easily be 90 minutes. That might have made the movie tolerable.

2). Do you remember in the movie "From Dusk til Dawn?". The movie started out interesting, then halfway through the movie it just took a degrading turn? Yep - same thing here. I would venture to say that the writers started with a concept, then had no idea what to do with it. I've gotten deeper thought provocation out of Transformers 2.

3). Yes - we get the dilemma in the film. We understand the philosophical undertones and Utilitarian approach - but the story jumped around way too much, didn't elaborate on the current story arc, and took a(forgive me)completely insulting direction.

4). The ending didn't make sense. Not at all. None.

This movie would make a great term paper in college philosophy 101. If you're board out of your mind, in bed sick, or have ever enjoyed being hit in the face with a pie, and can view this free on-line - by all means, go for it.

If you need to pay anything to view this movie, don't waste your time - you're better off watching old Howie Mandel stand-up on You Tube. You will get more philosophical stimulation reorganizing your sock drawer.


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