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Movie Review: The Box

Do you like receiving gifts? I know I do, especially if it’s something handmade by my children or it’s a surprise. What if the gift is a $1 million? Who wouldn’t take it? I know I could use some of that money to pay bills, buy a new car, and take a well-deserved vacation. However, what if there is a hitch in exchange for you receiving the money?

Released in November 2009, The Box is the story of a young married couple named Norma and Arthur Lewis, played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, with a 10-year-old boy. Set in 1976, the movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images.

Early one morning the couple awakes to find a box left as a gift on their front porch step. Norma and Arthur open the box to find a black box with a red button located on top. Later in the day, a stranger named Arlington Steward, portrayed by Frank Langella, visits the couple with a deal. They may push the button and receive $1 million, or they may simply return the box. However, there is one hitch if they push the button. Someone they don’t know in another part of the world will die.

Norma, a teacher at a private school, and Arthur, a NASA worker, have 24 hours to make their decision. This huge decision torments the couple because they could certainly use the money to pay for their son’s tuition at the private school. On the other hand, they don’t want to be responsible for causing someone to die.

As a fan of Cameron’s, I thought I would watch this movie, especially when someone at work mentioned how strange it was. I must admit I am not normally a science fiction movie watcher, but with Cameron as one of the characters, I decided to take a chance and wished I hadn’t.

The Box started out pretty good and had a decent plot going. However, as the movie progressed, the plot got worse and worse. The plot got to the point where it was hard to follow and didn’t really make any sense, and I quickly lost interest. I was ready to turn off the movie and not even bother finishing it.

In conclusion, I would not recommend this movie unless you just really like the actors or science fiction. Maybe you can make more sense out of it than I did. I would not waste my money.