By Debbie Elicksen.
If watching The Box (2009) makes you think of the television series The Twilight Zone, you’re not out of line. The screenplay, which was written, directed, and produced by Richard Kelly, was based on Richard Matheson‘s Button Button — and a 1970 episode of The Twilight Zone.
Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are Norma and Arthur Lewis who are struggling financially. After receiving devastating news that impacts their already difficult situation, a box mysteriously appears at their door. Its secret provides the answer they’ve been waiting for but it comes with an impossible price. Frank Langella is Arlington Steward and the mysterious man behind the box. He is ominous and ruthless. Once the decision is made, there is no backing out.
There is also a beautiful life message that stands true today. “If human beings are unable or unwilling to sacrifice individual desires for the greater good of your species, you will have no chance of survival.”
This science fiction drama gets five stars out of five.