Dale Robinette
EW Staff
November 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Box

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/06/09
performer
Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella, James Marsden, James Rebhorn
director
Richard Kelly
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Richard Kelly
genre
Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C-

STARRING Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Richard Kelly

Let’s say it up front: Cameron Diaz presses the button. In Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly’s new film, she plays a schoolteacher who discovers a seemingly simple solution to her financial woes — and those of her NASA-employed husband (James Marsden) — when a disfigured man (Frank Langella) shows up on her doorstep and offers her $1 million if she presses a button on an innocuous-looking wooden box. The only downside: If she agrees, a stranger dies. Kelly hesitates to say more about what he calls an old-fashioned suspense film but teases, ”Every decision they make has ramifications for themselves and the entire world. The supernatural comes into play, and the story kicks into fifth gear.” Intriguing, even without a giant bunny.

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