Writer/Director Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is one of our favorite movies here at The Flickcast. Its mix of humor, sci-fi, horror, a six foot time travelling rabbit named Frank and Patrick Swayze make it a great movie to watch and ponder. Now, Kelly is back with a new film called The Box, based on the Richard Matheson short story Button, Button.
In case you’re not familier, The Box concerns a couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) visited by a stranger (Frank Langela) with a question for them. Will they take a million dollars to press a button? What’s the catch? If they press the button, they get the money but someone they don’t know will die.
The question and what follows causes the couple to come to terms with their own lives, morals and the very fabric of society. Its a great concept that should be, at the very least, interesting when filtered through the prism of Kelly’s vision.
Check out the first trailer for the film after the jump. The Box opens October 30.
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Last week on The Flickcast, the team discussed all sorts of topics including the box office success, and relative merits, of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the latest G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra trailer, the upcoming District 9, produced by Peter Jackson and renewals of shows like Southland and Heroes. They also made some great picks including TV’s Party Down, Hot Fuzz, Garth Ennis’ Preacher and Robert Altman’s The Player.
This week, Chris, Matt and Christina talk all-things Star Trek, take on Terminator: Salvation, toss around various casting news and take it home with some great picks for the week. Speaking of great picks, this time around the team’s include another of Matt’s “shows you’re not watching but should be” called Smallville, Christina’s top MTV/Internet show Five Dollar Cover and Chris’ favorite Jake Gyllenhall movie that also features a six foot tall time traveling rabbit and Patrick Swayze. We’re talking about, of course, Donnie Darko.
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