The Box: DVD Review
Released by Warner Home
Following on from
Donnie Darko and the flop that was Southland Tales, Richard Kelly heads to
Twilight Zone territory with this new film based on a short episode.
Based on an episode of the show called "Button,
Button" Diaz and Marsden star as a couple just getting by in 1970s Conneticut.
One day the doorbell rings early in the morning and the pair find a box on their
doorstep along with the message that Mr Steward will visit at 5pm.
When the time comes, Mr Steward (Langella) shows up on
their door - and with the offer that if they press the button, they will get one
However, if they do take the
offer, someone unconnected to them will die&.
The Box is frustrating, infuriating and to be honest, brilliant in
places. There's a Twin Peaks/ David Lynch style running throughout which gives
the whole story an edge of insanity and a foreboding tone which sees it work.
Langella and Diaz are very good in their roles;
Marsden is not quite upto par - but it's Kelly who sees a return to form after
the critical drivel that was Southland Tales. Complete with trademark water
effects, nosebleeds and Arthur C Clarke, the whole film has a haunting and eerie
feel which will guarantee it cult hit status.
Extras: Commentary from Kelly, doco about The Box