First Poster of Richard Kelley’s THE BOX

     April 6, 2009



Written by Nicole Pedersen



Richard Kelley’s new thriller “The Box” is due in theatres on October 30th. The studio wisely decided to give up their first date – September 11th. The film, which stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, still doesn’t have a trailer… but as of today it DOES have a poster!


Kelley posted the new image on his MySpace blog on Monday (isn’t that cute? A director who still uses MySpace!) and while I am definitely interested in seeing anything that Kelly puts onscreen, this poster is just not doing it for me.



I’m not much for the big, scary head school of poster making. And it doesn’t help that the red paint on Diaz’s face makes her eye look, like, all freaky and deformed. Is that part of the plot? I’m really not sure – and that’s the problem.



I do like the little man at the bottom of the poster, but I’m guessing that the “non-descript guy in a hat” look is not going to be as big a commercial draw as a straight shot of Diaz.



But just in case that little man has made you curious to see what’s in “The Box”, here’s the synopsis:



Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours of receiving the box, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.



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