Considering that director Richard Kelly's 2001 film Donnie Darko
inspired such a ravenous cult following, you'd think that his 2009 thriller The Box
would at least have to be mildly entertaining. And, in fairness, it is sometimes. But the cool moments scattered throughout this masturbatory extended Twilight Zone
episode are way too few and far between -- especially considering how high Kelly aims in the movie's second half.
The setup arbitrarily places us in the year 1974, before moving to the earth-toned home of Richmond, VA couple Arthur (James Marsden), who’s some kind of NASA technician working on a Mars explorer, and Norma (Cameron...