First Trailer for Richard Kelly's The Box
06.25.09 by reelz
The Box, adapted from a short story and Twilight Zone episode, is a science fiction period piece with a moral dilemma at its center. A financially strapped couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) receives a mysterious box from a stranger. In it is a button. Push it and all their financial problems are solved, but someone they don't know dies.
A timely enough dilemma given the global financial crisis, but Richard Kelly has set his adaptation in the 70s in homage to the story's roots and modeled the couple on his own parents. So in a sense, the movie allows him to return to his childhood.
In the trailer we get an introduction to his vision of 1976 suburbia (scary wallpaper, regional accents) and some hints of how he has expanded the original story line. There appears to be some sort of corporate conspiracy centered around the strange disfigured man (Frank Langella) who sent them the box, and we get a brief glimpse of a few weird images that are definitely not 1976.