Watch This: First Trailer for Richard Kelly’s The Box


Warner Bros. has released the long-anticipated first trailer for the next thriller from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly this afternoon. The Box stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple with a young child, who receive a wooden box as a gift that bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger (Frank Langella) visits them with the promise that if they push the button within the box, he will give them $1 million dollars. But by pressing the button, they will simultaneously kill a stranger somewhere else in the world.

Taking into account the length that this film — which was supposed to come out sometime last year — has been sitting on the shelf over at Warner Bros., I would be quick to say that it’s just nice to see some sort of trailer. However, this trailer does hint to us that it might have been worth the wait. We see that Kelly’s film could very well be creepy as all get-out, and he’s got a real knack for bringing such creepiness to the screen. A moment of nitpickery would have me talking about Cameron Diaz’s not-so-subtle Southern accent or the fact that James Marsden is the acting equivalent of a cardboard cutout. I leave you to decide for yourself whether this looks simply creepy, or simply bland. I could go either way at this point.

The Box will be in theaters on October 30, 2009. Click the image below to view the trailer, courtesy of AOL Moviefone.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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