A mysterious stranger shows up on the doorstep of a desperate married couple’s (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) home with a mysterious box. If they press the button inside the box, they’ll instantly get the money to save their ailing son, but in exchange, someone, somewhere in the world will die.Â But the temptation to save their dying son becomes too much, and Norma (Diaz) pushes the dreaded button and a gun shot goes off somewhere nearby. Consumed with guilt, Norma must do everything in her power to solve a murder she has knowingly caused. That is the plot synopsis for Richard Kelly‘s new film The Box. Check out the first photo from the film above (please excuse the poor resolution, it’s the best we’ve got).
Kelly exploded onto the scene with the cult hit Donnie Darko, before releasing the highly criticized Southland Tales (which suffered a quick box office death. The Box is Kelly’s first attempt at a mainstream film. It’s an attempt at redemption. Kelly wrote the script based on a short story “Button Button” by Richard Matheson. The story also became the basis for a Twilight Zone episode in the Night Gallery years.
Discuss: Would you press the button to save your (theoretical) dying kid in exchange for the life of a stranger?