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
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When Norma (Cameron Diaz) asks to speak with Mr. Steward (Frank Langella), a calendar from Ukrop's grocery stores can be clearly seen. This is a real chain, started in Richmond, VA, and was active until 2010. See more »
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Sir? If you don't mind my asking... why a box?
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.
It's quite depressing, if you think of it that way.
Don't think of it that way... think of it as a temporary state of being.
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I absolutely loved this movie. I can see why many people were turned off, especially if you go into it thinking you know how the movie will go. It was a pleasant surprise, and this movie kept me interested until the end. The plot was something new and fresh, and it unfolded at an excellent pace that mixed in drama and emotions. I actually felt for the characters, and I love the mystery and intrigue with the movie. Me and a friend saw this in theaters and were surprised as to how good it was.
I feel this movie is under-appreciated. It has great acting, great sets, excellent cinematography, and what I thought was an interesting plot. If you are a fan of Donnie Darko, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, etc., you will really like this. Don't listen to the bad reviews and give it a shot with an open mind. If anything, you will at least be kept guessing until the end.
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