Richard Kelly is back, folks. And I’m having some difficulty making heads or tails of the trailer for The Box. Based on a Richard Matheson short story (“Button, Button”), it’s about a couple played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsdon, down on their luck financially, who are approached by a creepy man (Richard Langella) and given a box. Inside the box is a button. The couple has 24 hours to decide whether to push that button. If they do, they will receive $1 million, but someone somewhere in the world will die.
Clearly, it’s some sort of morality tale, but it appears from the trailer, at least, that there’s something else going on as well (perhaps someone else also has a button, and one of them might be the victims).
Intriguing premise, and I like both Marsden and Langella, and it’d be nice to think that Southland was a small mistep for Kelly. But then again, Cameron Diaz’s Southern accent is grating as hell. Why? I can’t imagine that the character’s Southern upbringing has anything to do with the story, so why the need for the accent? It’s just distracting.
Anyway, check out the trailer. The movie comes out on October 30th.