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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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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)  »

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Kutija  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,045,676 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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Although the song "Fearless" from Pink Floyd's album, "Meddle," was used during the film, it was not mentioned in the credits. See more »

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Around 33 minutes into the film when Arthur goes to unplug the Christmas tree he bends down next to a window. Just then a man's head starts to rise from the outside into view of the window. You can only see the top half of his head and it lasts for about a second, so its not part of the film. It's just out of place. See more »

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Martin Teague: Sir? If you don't mind my asking... why a box?
Arlington Steward: Your home is a box. Your car is a box on wheels. You drive to work in it. You drive home in it. You sit in your home, staring into a box. It erodes your soul, while the box that is your body inevitably withers... then dies. Whereupon it is placed in the ultimate box, to slowly decompose.
Martin Teague: It's quite depressing, if you think of it that way.
Arlington Steward: Don't think of it that way... think of it as a temporary state of being.
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Referenced in Robot Chicken: The Curious Case of the Box (2011) See more »

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When Joanna Loved Me
Written by Jack Segal and Robert Wells
Performed by Scott Walker
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
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creepy, strange and overall sinister, yet not very coherent or focused
21 March 2010 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Richard Kelly's latest supernatural thriller "The Box" is creepy, strange and overall sinister, yet not very coherent or focused. One's opinion on the movie depends on whether one accepts its peculiar concept or not. I must say that I was initially enthralled by the movie's strange old-fashioned tone resembling sci-fi movies from the 1970s Kelly pays homage to. The movie handles its mystery rather well with Frank Langella's uniquely scary performance being the obvious highlight. Given that, the movie falters at the end when its otherwise intriguing concept gets bogged down by the series of ridiculous events that feel as if they were taken from a different movie. While The Box tends to approach the wrong territory and is rather unfocused, one can't help but acknowledge Kelly's ability to attract the viewer's attention. His obsessions may not be shared by very many people, but he manifests them in a richly textured manner. That's just enough to enjoy this movie despite its shortcomings. 6.5/10 (B-)


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