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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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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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When being followed down through the corridors of the library, they enter a main hallway where it shows his followers coming from two different directions. Yet just a second before all five of them were coming from the same direction as he was. See more »


Norma Lewis: We don't want any more trouble, okay?
Arlington Steward: I'm afraid trouble has found you, Mrs. Lewis. There are always consequences.
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References Sinners Go to Hell (1962) See more »


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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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