History Film / TheBox

28th Apr '16 1:56:31 PM JustTroper
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* DisproportionateRetribution: your wife made the choice to press the button. As a retribution, either you will have to kill her and go to jail (she's not even allowed to kill herself), or you child will be deafblind for life.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: your Your wife made the choice to press the button. As a retribution, either you will have to kill her and go to jail (she's not even allowed to kill herself), or you your child will be deafblind for life.



* GodIsEvil: if we take the assumption that "those who control the lightning" are godlike powers.

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* GodIsEvil: if If we take the assumption assume that "those who control the lightning" are godlike powers.
14th Apr '16 7:22:09 PM storyyeller
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* DisproportionateRetribution: your wife made the choice to press the button. As a retribution, either you will have to kill her and go to jail (she's not even allowed to kill herself), or you child will be deaf and blind for life.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: your wife made the choice to press the button. As a retribution, either you will have to kill her and go to jail (she's not even allowed to kill herself), or you child will be deaf and blind deafblind for life.



* SadisticChoice: The obvious first one is bad enough--miss out on $1 million (and it's clearly shown they're not in good shape financially) or be responsible for someone's death. But it's the later one that really qualifies: [[spoiler: let your son spend the rest of his life deaf and blind, or shoot your wife dead where she stands and he'll be cured.]] The husband tries to TakeAThirdOption, i.e. shoot the one forcing him to make the choice, but that person explains that he would then suffer the consequences of both choices, that is to say [[spoiler: he'll still go to prison for murder and there'll be nobody to cure his son, and then]] those he answers will just send somebody else to replace the dead guy.

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* SadisticChoice: The obvious first one is bad enough--miss out on $1 million (and it's clearly shown they're not in good shape financially) or be responsible for someone's death. But it's the later one that really qualifies: [[spoiler: let your son spend the rest of his life deaf and blind, deafblind, or shoot your wife dead where she stands and he'll be cured.]] The husband tries to TakeAThirdOption, i.e. shoot the one forcing him to make the choice, but that person explains that he would then suffer the consequences of both choices, that is to say [[spoiler: he'll still go to prison for murder and there'll be nobody to cure his son, and then]] those he answers will just send somebody else to replace the dead guy.
8th Feb '16 10:40:15 PM MirrorNoir
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'''''The Box''''' is a 2009 science fiction/horror film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by RichardMatheson. It was written and directed by [[Film/DonnieDarko Richard]] [[Film/SouthlandTales Kelly.]]

It starts out with a simple premise -- a married couple, Norma Lewis (CameronDiaz) and her husband Arthur (Creator/JamesMarsden), receive a visit from a man with a severely burned face named Arlington Steward (Frank Langella). Despite his frightening appearance, Steward is cordial towards them, simply telling them that he has given them a box with a single button on it. He tells them that, if they push the button, they will receive $1 million in cash but a person that they don't know somewhere in the world will die. He refuses to release any more information than that about the nature of the box or his employers. He then leaves them for 24 hours to make a decision.

The film specializes in being a MindScrew production, though it does a lot more to make sense of its mental games than most other films in the genre.

The story "Button, Button" had previously been adapted into a 1985 episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

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'''''The Box''''' is a 2009 science fiction/horror film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by RichardMatheson. It was written and directed by [[Film/DonnieDarko Richard]] [[Film/SouthlandTales Kelly.]]

It starts out
Kelly]], a story that had been previously adapted into a 1985 episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', under the short story's original name, though with a simple premise -- a married couple, Norma Lewis (CameronDiaz) and her husband Arthur (Creator/JamesMarsden), receive a visit from a man with a severely burned face named Arlington Steward (Frank Langella). Despite his frightening appearance, Steward is cordial towards them, simply telling them that he has given them a box with a single button on it. He tells them that, if they push the button, they will receive $1 million in cash but a person that they don't know somewhere in the world will die. He refuses to release any more information than that about the nature of the box or his employers. He then leaves them for 24 hours to make a decision.

The film specializes in being a MindScrew production, though it does a lot more to make sense of its mental games than most other films in the genre.
different ending.

The story "Button, Button" had previously (which uses the Twilight Zone rewrite as the starting point) starts out with a simple premise -- a married couple, Norma Lewis (CameronDiaz) and her husband Arthur (Creator/JamesMarsden), who's lives have hit a major skid. Arthur is a NASA scientist with dreams of becoming an astronaut (and looking forward to the bump in pay from being picked to go out into space) while Norma is a private school teacher with a mangled foot. Their son goes to the exclusive school Norma teaches at, with the family getting a huge discount on tuition due Norma's status as an employee. However, as the film starts out, Arthur is informed that he been adapted rejected from receiving astronaut training, permanently stalling any hope of career advancement at NASA. Worse, Norma is informed by her employer that the private school is getting rid of the discount employees receive on their children's tuition, meaning that their son would have to start going to public school.

Their dreams of social mobility dashed, they receive a sudden visit from a man with a severely burned face named Arlington Steward (Frank Langella). Despite his frightening appearance, Steward is cordial towards them even as he makes a disturbing proposition to them: The couple is given a simple box with a button on it. If they push the button within the next twenty-four hours, they will receive $1 million in cash while a person that they don't know somewhere in the world, will die.

The film follows the Twilight Zone version of the story, where Norma pushes the button over her husband's moral objections and the family gets the money. However, as he takes the box away from them, Steward gleefully reveals that he will soon reset the box and offer it to another couple, who in turn be made the same offer, with it implied that it may be Norma and Arthur who dies next when a stranger presses the button.

And this is just the first act!

The remaining two-thirds of the film takes the story
into a 1985 episode brand new MindScrew direction, worthy of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
Richard Kelly's previous works. It is revealed that the "death" caused by the box was a man that murdered his wife in a nearby town. It is then revealed, as Arthur tries to find out more about Arlington Steward, that Steward has ties to NASA itself and a network of minions, who like Norma and Arthur, took the money and murdered someone for cash. Pressing the button effectively dooms one to be a servant of Steward and his wife, who we learn are working for Martians. The "box" is one of many "SadisticChoice" scenarios that Steward and his alien masters are forcing humans worldwide to play, in hopes to decide whether or not humanity is worthy of being allowed to live.

Richard Kelly's involvement in the film came after the failure of "Southland Tales" cost him all of the creative capital he gained in Hollywood. While it retains his creative touches, in the expansion of the story, it was a box office flop and further sealed Kelly's fate as a flash in the pan director and writer.
25th Oct '15 5:34:41 AM DavidCowie
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9th Oct '15 10:51:36 AM JustTroper
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* GodIsEvil: if we take the assumption that "those who control the lightning" are godlike powers.
9th Oct '15 10:50:01 AM JustTroper
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* DisproportionateRetribution: your wife made the choice to press the button. As a retribution, either you will have to kill her and go to jail (she's not even allowed to kill herself), or you child will be deaf and blind for life.
** Not to mention the "human extinction plan".
10th Jul '15 6:52:48 PM jormis29
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* This is how Mr. Steward offers his money. The $1,000,000 could readily fit in a briefcase with the $100 bills.
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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: This is how Mr. Steward offers his money. The $1,000,000 could readily fit in a briefcase with the $100 bills.
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bills.
10th Jul '15 6:44:29 PM cheezfri
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* StringTheory: The babysitter's motel room wall is covered with red string connecting pictures with cities on maps.
1st Feb '15 4:32:31 PM FuzzyBoots
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%%* CrapsackWorld

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%%* CrapsackWorld* This is how Mr. Steward offers his money. The $1,000,000 could readily fit in a briefcase with the $100 bills.
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* CrapsackWorld: If you press the button, people will die. If you don't, [[spoiler:you apparently get enslaved here and on another world]].
11th Nov '14 10:58:40 AM JustTroper
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* KarmaHoudini: "Arlington Steward" and his "employers".


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* KarmaHoudini: "Arlington Steward" and his "employers".
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