During a three-day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar,
Seann William Scott
A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.
A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
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
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 »
The Lewis family receives a suspicious package on the doorstep. Arthur opens the box but doesn't call the police about it. He shouldn't have opened it because there could have been a bomb in there. See more »
The beginning. The end. But what in the world was that middle?
The Box begins with a fine premise.
Would you accept one million dollars if it meant that someone - a person you don't know - will have to die?
Of course the question begs the fact that people we don't know are always dying; millions every day. So, in fact, the question should be, One more person than would otherwise.
Anyway I'm willing to go along with the premise. And, in fact there is an ending to the movie that - to me, at least - resonates with the premise. Which is to say, a clever ending.
But the film, like most films, is mostly middle.
Or in this case 'muddle'.
Because here in the middle all sorts of stuff happens that (a) make no sense and (b) appear to belong to another film but (c) are supposedly important. There's astronaut stuff, lightning stuff, library stuff, zombie-like stuff, foot stuff, wedding reception stuff, and - get this - wedding rehearsal stuff.
Also, there's Cameron Diaz. Whom I like. Or liked in Something About Mary. And other 'lighter' roles. But here, in this life-and-death of a movie she seems miscast.
Unlike Frank Langella who is perfectly cast.
I'm going to end with this.
I saw the film last night. It was the one and only time I ever saw it.
I'm open to the possibility that to be appreciated it needs more than one viewing.
And I might.
And if I change my review / opinion I'll enter it here.
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