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Trailer For The Box Online
Richard Kelly returns to coherence

25 June 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: AOL

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Richard Kelly Makes Straight Thriller Shock! The Box, adapted from a short story by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Duel) stars James Marsden and Cameron Diaz. Check out the super-tense new trailer here. Isn't that the theme from Saw?

The writer-director of the awesome-as-it's-supposed-to-be Donnie Darko, and the what-the-hell-is-it-supposed-to-be Southland Tales (he also wrote the screenplay for Domino) has clearly had a career re-think following Southland's production problems and box office disappearance. If this trailer is anything to go by, the self-indulgence has been truly reigned in, leaving something leaner and more focused in its place.

Which is not to say it doesn't look as if there are some nicely bizarro touches in there. We like the Father Christmas / train wreck snippet particularly, although we're less convinced by the CGI splodge on Frank Langella's face.

The story was adapted once before, in 1986, as a Twilight Zone episode. The movie's angle seems to be a melding of Indecent Proposal and The Game: normal life unravelling following the offer of a million dollars, no questions asked, if you push a button that kills a stranger (it was $50k in the story: that's inflation for you). It also feels - in a good way - a little like the premise from Brian Azarello's 100 Bullets comics, although obviously Matheson's story pre-dates them by 30 years.

So do we welcome Kelly to mainstream Hollywood, or do we lament the fact that, for the time being, his crazy indie pics are on hold? One thing's certain: this ought to be better than s.Darko...

 


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check this out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrKnhOJ-R80 Finallist for YouTube Awards 2007 - very similar concept. Hope Kelly's been able to embellish the basic (and, apparently, centuries old) premise More

Posted by iainjames at 01:33 on 26 June 2009 | Report This Post

NICE BOX!!
Kellys back! this looks like it could be a very good movie, its taking it time to come out! but the best thing about the whole movie is that Win Butler is doing the music for it, bring it on..... More

Posted by stephenand at 18:40 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds like a 'no-brainer' to me
1 million for me, someone somewhere I don't know dies. I'm fine with that. People I don't know in places I've never been die every day. More

Posted by christofurr at 12:16 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Looks really cool.
Can't wait. More

Posted by shanewire at 12:09 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

AOL sucks balls
It wouldn't work! Had to get it from MovieBox. Trailer itself looks very good. Stylish, tense and hopefully retains the creepy elements from Matheson's story. More

Posted by gsharpe at 11:53 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Gripping Stuff.
Wow, this looks really good. I was totally gripped in my seat watching the trailer, Diaz and Marsden look a good-looking pair and the plot is intense. Might go and see this one, especially if it's been done by the dude who did Donnie Darko. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 11:32 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

I encountered the same problem. Go watch it here instead: http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/the-box/trailer And yes, that's a ruddy fantastic trailer! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:28 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Trailer don't work
Couldn't watch it More

Posted by Caster at 11:02 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

Eh? They set up this button, and then flash a hundred exciting moments that I can't for the life of me imagine having anything to do with the button. What the heck is Richard Kelly up to? Is this, like, anarchic to the point of being just a bland, mainstream thriller? More

Posted by rjgraham at 10:09 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

The Box
Yay it looks like a return to form for Richard Kelly. Donnie Darko is an out and out classic (can't believe they're risking soilking Darko's good name by making a seemingly dodgy follow-on in Darko S). I get what Southland Tales was about (a take on biblical folklore and prophecies) but the story it messed with utter balls with all the actors performances hit-and-missing everywhere. In a way Southland was to Richard Kelly to what Revolver was to Guy Richie. The Box looks more streamlined and, w More

Posted by Taz69 at 07:50 on 25 June 2009 | Report This Post

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