Two movies in and Richard Kelly is notorious. From where I’m standing, that’s not a bad thing but I get the feeling that the general public isn’t so forgiving. Though there’s loads of love for the mind fuck of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales was generally perceived as a disaster and though I can’t fully grasp everything in it, I can’t help but enjoy the disaster as it unfolds. And now, just three years after blowing my mind a second time, Kelly is back with what looks to be a fantastic little film.
Based on a Richard Matheson short story (one of the few I haven’t read) titled “Button, Button,” The Box stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden (talk about an odd pairing) as the Lewis’, a couple who on the surface appear to be leading a happy, healthy life in upper class suburbia until they start to run into financial trouble. Then, just as things are looking really dire, they get a package and a visit from a mysterious (and creepy) man played by Frank Langella with a proposition: press the button and someone in the world dies – in return you get a million dollars. Queue the creepy music.
I dislike, a great deal though hate might be too strong a word, Cameron Diaz and I’m finding it hard to wrap my head around the fact that I’m actually going to have to watch a film with her in it (I keep reverting to In Her Shoes; the only film I’ve liked her in) but I can’t say no to mind bending Kelly. This comes across as a much more straightforward horror film (though it still asks some of the big questions that Kelly seems to be haunted by) and I am beyond excited to see how it turns out. The trailer suggest sleek visuals and solid performances and I kept thinking of The Shinning which I think has more to do with the overall look and mood of the trailer than anything else. Regardless, I’m more than a little excited. That’s not to say I forgive the lame ass one sheet.
And can someone please help me out here? I recognize the trailer music at the end from something else but can’t put my finger on it…if you know it, drop it in the comments.
The Box will be making a well timed premiere on October 30th. Finally, something other than Saw for Halloween!