Writer/Director Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”, “Southland Tales”) has an interesting premise with his upcoming film, “The Box”: You receive a box with a button. Press the button and you receive one million dollars but someone you don’t know somewhere in the world will die. It’s a moral quandary well-suited to an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Unfortunately, this is a feature length film and moral quandaries don’t sell movie tickets as much as crazy action sequences that in no way seem related to the central premise.
I have no idea what Kelly has up his sleeve here but if the failure of “Southland Tales” was in trying to do too much, the failure of “The Box” could be in trying to do too little.
Check out the trailer after the jump. “The Box” hits theatres on October 30th.