The Box | Movie Review

It's been a while since I watched a really good film that keeps you on your toes. It's one of those movies that immerses you into it, projecting the situation towards you, and because of that, it easily puts you into this position of questioning your morals. All throughout the film you'll keep asking yourself "What if it was you, what would you do?". 


The story is about a couple who receives an unexpected package. Inside the package is a button set on top of a wooden box, enclosed with a glass dome. A strange man then gives them an offer: "If you push the button two things will happen. First, someone, somewhere in the world, who you don't know, will die. Second, you will receive a payment of one million dollars.". They are then given 24 hours to make a decision. If they opted to not push the button, the man would then take it away and give it to a different person, end of story. I won't divulge any further because I want you to watch it for yourself. 

During the time they were deciding whether or not to push the button, many thoughts were running through my head. Who is this person that was going to die? How would they die? Maybe they're already dying, and maybe it would matter. Is it possible that this person that they don't know is themselves, because many people wouldn't really know someone, let alone themselves. What does it mean for someone to "know" someone. Then it suddenly changes into questions like: Would I push the button? Would I really care who would die, since it's someone I don't know, and I wouldn't know how they would die. Then you would be having this argument in your mind of right and wrong, good vs. evil, while watching. No matter what your beliefs are, there's something about the situation that makes you question if it was going to be worth it, because nobody would know, only you, and would you be able to live with the fact that you murdered someone.

The film still had some bad points and irrelevant story lines that they could have let go. I wish they just made the audience wonder where these strange boxes were coming from. I wasn't fond of the idea that they were from aliens. I guess they were trying to fill in the parts that the original author of the story, Richard Matheson, left to his reader's imagination. It's based on a short story entitled "Button, Button". I found a copy of it online if you want to take a read: http://jhampton.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/47378440/button .

It wasn't all a disappointment, because near the the ending, it shows how the series of events ties up with something similar, a choice. This key aspect made the story have a better and more satisfying ending, than that of the original short story. The film was beautiful in its entirety, and I find it sad for the poor reviews it's gotten, because it's truly underrated. I wouldn't mind having someone create a better version of this, because the message is quite compelling.

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