The Box (Warners) – Richard Kelly foolishly stretches out Richard Matheson’s creepy short story—about a couple agonizing over pressing a button and collecting a million dollars, which means a stranger will die—with elaborate and, finally, dumb subplots with conspiracy theories that involve extraterrestrials. Under the circumstances, we should thank stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella for not breaking into laughter. The movie often looks hazy and indistinct, which doesn’t translate well on Blu-ray; perhaps a small B&W TV would work better for this Twilight Zone-ish tale. In the special features—a Kelly commentary and interviews—the writer-director explains how he based the characters on his parents. There must be better ways to show one’s love.
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