Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

The Box (Richard Kelly, 2009)

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

The Box (Richard Kelly, 2009)

Old 09-05-08, 12:59 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nightmare Alley
Posts: 17,112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Box (Richard Kelly, 2009)

Synopsis from Bloody-Disgusting:
Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, "The Box" stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, played by Frank Langella, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, 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 crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.
There was a rumor that the score would be composed by Arcade Fire, but that is only partially correct. Release date moved up to March 20th, 2009.



IMDB page.
Old 09-05-08, 01:09 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 530
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sounds promising but Southland Tales was so horrible I'm not that excited.
Old 09-05-08, 01:14 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
riotinmyskull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: portsmouth, va
Posts: 9,178
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
part of this was filmed about 20 minutes away from me and they had a casting call for extras and i found out about it the last day they were shooting. i was pissed.
Old 09-05-08, 01:23 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Goat3001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 17,034
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
It does sound promising and I enjoyed Southland Tales to a degree. My biggest issue with Richard Kelly is that he makes these movies confusing for the sake of being confusing thinking that it would make him look like a genius. So I'm sure that this very simple plot, that sounds interesting will be made to make no sense, whatsoever.
Old 09-05-08, 01:39 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,889
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Might be interested, Latino Review loved the script, haven't seen Southland Tales but I'm one of 15 defenders of Domino in the world I think.
Old 09-05-08, 05:46 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Cellar Door's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,762
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
There was an episode of the newer Twilight Zone or Outer Limits that used the same story.
Old 11-10-08, 06:11 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nightmare Alley
Posts: 17,112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
A new pic:


Last edited by NoirFan; 11-10-08 at 06:15 PM.
Old 11-10-08, 06:26 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 345
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well, Donnie Darko and Southland Tales are two of the worst movies I've ever watched, but I'm not one for holding a grudge, certainly not against directors. I think that buried beneath his inability to stretch an idea out over the length of a feature, he has some potential. In both Donnie Darko and Southland Tales there were pieces that could have made a good satire, but he ruined them with navel-gazing and muddled incoherence. I just hope this is at least decent. If it's yet another shitheap I think I'll give up on Kelly.
Old 11-10-08, 09:08 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Troy Stiffler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Under an I-10 Overpass
Posts: 21,510
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Hopefully Kelly can 'flesh out' everything this time around. I liked Southland Tales a lot. But I don't know if I could take another 2/3 resolution. I love a good mystery. But just tell us what's happenin' this time around, man.
Old 11-10-08, 09:38 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hero
 
PopcornTreeCt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 25,916
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Who keeps giving this guy money to make movies?
Old 11-10-08, 10:10 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
DeanoBKN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 5,262
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'd push the button.
Old 11-10-08, 10:45 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Guntersville, AL
Posts: 803
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You know, I really respect Richard Kelley for what he's at least trying to do.
When the average person hears the word "scifi" they think laser guns and lightsabers, but what I've seen by him, he's just making a realistic modern sci-fi stories. Nobody seriously tries with that genre anymore so it is a breath of fresh air once in while to see someone try to do something different with it.

Anywho, if they actually bring it near me, I will definitely see it.
Old 11-10-08, 10:53 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wild Wonderful...
Posts: 1,750
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
It does sound promising and I enjoyed Southland Tales to a degree. My biggest issue with Richard Kelly is that he makes these movies confusing for the sake of being confusing thinking that it would make him look like a genius. So I'm sure that this very simple plot, that sounds interesting will be made to make no sense, whatsoever.
See David Lynch
Old 11-10-08, 11:13 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 345
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by True_Story1011 View Post
Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
It does sound promising and I enjoyed Southland Tales to a degree. My biggest issue with Richard Kelly is that he makes these movies confusing for the sake of being confusing thinking that it would make him look like a genius. So I'm sure that this very simple plot, that sounds interesting will be made to make no sense, whatsoever.
See David Lynch
The difference between the two is that Lynch is capable of leaving a lot of details in the visuals, even down to miscellaneous props, and the message at least of his films is usually clear even if the events of the movie are jumbled. Kelly just loops around on himself blindly throwing shit at the screen and hoping something sticks. It's like watching an art house porno about a man trying to suck his own dick. At least Lynch can get the tip in.
Old 11-10-08, 11:22 PM
  #15  
Member
 
Seven%Solution's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 208
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Zen Peckinpah View Post
I'm one of 15 defenders of Domino in the world I think.
16!

And I find myself interested in this simply because of Langella's presence.
Old 11-11-08, 01:34 AM
  #16  
Cool New Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 24
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Looks interesting.

LOVED "Southland Tales" and "Donnie Darko".

Plus, James Marsden is HOT!
Old 11-11-08, 01:44 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Reviewer
 
GenPion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,658
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
After Southland Tales I am hesitant to give any money towards a Richard Kelly film. That steaming pile was interesting in theory but one of the biggest messes I have ever witnessed. Both Donnie Darko and Domino are excellent though so I will give him at least one more chance to impress me. If this movie is only decent it won't be enough to keep me interested in his future projects though.
Old 11-11-08, 08:44 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 345
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wait, Kelly wrote Domino? Huh, that wasn't half bad actually. A bit on the side of needlessly convoluted (now I know why), but a pretty cohesive and entertaining story. At least now I know he can write something decent, but can he do so without other directors and producers doing rewrites to make it work?
Old 11-11-08, 12:55 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 2,437
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Both Marsden and Diaz (althout to a lesser extent) have the unfortunate ability to have a decent amount of screen presence while at the same time ruining scenes/movies that would have otherwise been good.

Marsden in Superman Returns for example, and Diaz in everything except Being John Malkovich & Something about Mary. But I believe the latter was the role she was born to play.

I feel that neither of them will be able to give us a decent brooding dramatic performance. I hope I get proved wrong though.
Old 11-11-08, 01:09 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nightmare Alley
Posts: 17,112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by fmian View Post
I feel that neither of them will be able to give us a decent brooding dramatic performance. I hope I get proved wrong though.
Same here. Terrible casting, though the film itself does look intriguing, if somewhat unoriginal.
Old 11-11-08, 01:19 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 8,086
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Sanjuro37 View Post
The difference between the two is that Lynch is capable of leaving a lot of details in the visuals, even down to miscellaneous props, and the message at least of his films is usually clear even if the events of the movie are jumbled. Kelly just loops around on himself blindly throwing shit at the screen and hoping something sticks. It's like watching an art house porno about a man trying to suck his own dick. At least Lynch can get the tip in.
Nice
Old 11-11-08, 06:00 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Surf City, CA
Posts: 1,581
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm pushing the button too. F' em! I want a million.
Old 11-11-08, 06:15 PM
  #23  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 345
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Diaz could be alright. She went WAY out of her comfort zone for Vanilla Sky and was fantastic. Besides, the more I think about it the more I have no idea how this can be padded out over a feature. It plays like a Twilight Zone episode that I could predict right now- couple gets box, couple debates over what to do, lady needs an operation or some shit and this will pay for it but she doesn't want to kill someone, guy ultimately pushes the button and it kills lady. Lolz ensue.

I swear if that is what happens I'm going to fly to L.A., make Kelly reimburse me for my movie ticket and whatever expenditures I made getting to him. Yeah, it says that someone they don't know will die, but it'll be a cop-out "they didn't really know each other at all" type thing.

Last edited by Sanjuro37; 11-11-08 at 06:18 PM.
Old 11-11-08, 09:53 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sean O'Hara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Vichy America
Posts: 13,535
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Dan1boy View Post
I'm pushing the button too. F' em! I want a million.
You do know how the Twilight Zone version of the story ended?

Spoiler:
The man who gave the couple the box comes by and gives them the money, then he takes the box away and says he's going to give it to someone else -- someone the couple doesn't know. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!
Old 11-20-08, 09:29 PM
  #25  
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
Posts: 5,628
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
This has just been pushed back nearly 8 months!!!!!!!!!!!!
Release has been changed from March 20th to November 6th, 2009.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.