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The Kovak Box (2006)

A sci-fi writer (Hutton) is invited to an island for a conference, only to discover that he's become lured into a trap.

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A sci-fi writer (Hutton) is invited to an island for a conference, only to discover that he's become lured into a trap.

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You're trapped... and you don't even know it.


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Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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€495,094 (Spain), 12 January 2007, Limited Release
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(at around 42 mins) The amount of froth in David's bottle varies during his conversation with Silvia at the bar. See more »

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David: In a world where scientist compete against each other to give birth to the first human clone, and entere populations can be annihilated without a single brick being damaged, question is: Can we really still write science-fiction?
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Gloomy Sunday
(Original Title: Szomorú Vasárnap)
Music and Lyrics (1933) by Rezsö Seress and László Jávor
English Lyrics (1936) by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Performed by Billie Holiday (vocals), Teddy Wilson (piano), Al Casey (guitar), James Charles J.C. Heard (as J.C. Heard) (drums), Emmett Berry (as Emmet Berry) (trumpet), John Williams (bass), Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone, clarinet), Babe Russin (tenor saxophone, clarinet) and Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)
Recorded in New York on 7th August 1941
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Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment España
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A big could-have-been
29 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

"La caja Kovak" follows American science-fiction best-selling author David Norton (Timothy Hutton), who goes on a part business, part pleasure trip to the Spanish island of Mallorca with his girlfriend. He proposes to her and she accepts. On that very night, she jumps off their hotel balcony and kills herself after a short stay at the local hospital. In the bed next to her is Sylvia (Lucía Jiménez), a young woman who found herself jumping off the balcony without having any recollection of how and why she did it. Both women did it right after their phone rang and the song "Gloomy Sunday" began to play on the other end of the line. Together, David and Sylvia decide to try and solve the mystery.

The introduction is well done and it lures you into watching more, wanting to know how a song can make apparently normal people want to kill themselves. However, it evolves into a bizarre and not always efficient mix of thriller and science-fiction that completely fails to keep up the suspenseful and supernatural tone of the start, and is in fact rather dull and inconclusive at times. The characters are also quite poorly written -except for David Kelly's character maybe, the most interesting of the whole bunch- and they become quite predictable, as is the ending. Also, many clues thrown in along the way are never properly answered to.

All in all, it's an okay movie, one to watch and easily forget.


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