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Box, The

 

USA 2009, 115 minutes
Dir. Richard Kelly
Rating: [M]
Genres: Suspense/Crime

Topics: Mind-bender, Period 1970s.

 

Aroview: Supernatural chiller has a mysterious stranger presenting a young couple with a small wooden box with a nasty twist, if they open it they'll receive a million dollars but a stranger will die.

An intriguing premise - filmed previously for NIGHT GALLERY as "Button, button" - that's deftly handled in an unshowy style, sustains a genuinely creepy mood for much of the film. Unfortunately, in trying to expand on the simple conceit the film begins to meander and in the last half goes slightly off the rails, but there's still some real chills to be had and Frank Langella gives a thoroughly unnerving performance. A solid outing from director Kelly but its no DONNIE DARKO.

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