Ugh. The Box has a painfully frustrating end to what would seem to be a great suspense/thriller. I will do my best to keep from spoiling this for anyone who still wants to see it after it gets this shredding. Cameron Diaz (The Mask, The Holiday) and James Marsden (Enchanted, XMEN) play Norma and Arthur Lewis, who live near Langley, WV, in 1976. Arthur is basically a rocket scientist working for NASA on the Viking Mars project. They receive a mysterious box with a button on it. A strange man explains that they will receive a payment of $1 million in cash for pressing this button. The catch is that once that button is pushed, someone on Earth that they don’t know will die. Ultimately, due to their disbelief, they push this button and get the money. They also get the guilt of being responsible for the death of another person.
The movie builds very nicely and there are some really spooky things going on that weave this potentially great story together. We see elements of brain control, advanced technology and some great dramatic plot twists. Ultimately, we find out this is a test put upon the human race to see when people will sacrifice their own desires for the greater good. Near the end the couple are faced with a second dilemma involving their only son, Walter. Unfortunately, all this suspense and twisting ends in utter disappointment.
I recommend watching this movie to be entertained with all the good suspense mentioned, but understand that you will be frustrated and even angry at the outcome. For the reason of only watching for the suspense, I give this movie 1 less than out of 5: <<<<