Shooting for the technology-driven guilt-racking of Michael Haneke’s ‘Hidden’ – but achieving something closer to the hysteria of the ‘Saw’ films – Kelly comes unstuck whenever he strains to say something smart. Points, too, are deducted for mistaking cynicism for satire, as in his 2006 folly, ‘Southland Tales’. Yet Kelly’s crackpot-inventor approach to filmmaking (note the second-half pile-up of nosebleeding bodysnatchers, watery gateways to Hell and sundry Arthur C Clarke quotations) has produced a provocative, Lynch-lite paranoia flick that flaunts some fascinating ideas on the destructive power of technology, the bourgeois desire for conformity and the potential horrors of parenthood. It also features a great soundtrack by Arcade Fire.
|Release date:||Friday December 4 2009|
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ok so how many movies did they hack to make this turkey from twilight zone to saw -and i felt really sorry for diaz -she deserves better than this -i kept sitting to make some sense of it but i think they were planning a sequel to this drastically dumb moral parable -so frank langella walked away with the BOX -it needs to be disposed off in outer space so no sequel can ever be squeezed out of this -though it had some interesting ideas to be fair and the acting was good but once is more than enough
One of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. Plot is all over the place and it's more or less impossible to make any sense of it. Unbelievably daft film.
One of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. Plot is all over the place and it's more or less impossible to make any sense of it. Unbelievable nonsense.
Norma and Arthur seem to be well to do regular people; she's a teacher and he's a NASA scientist but they could do with a bit more money - who couldn't? A box turns up on their doorstep followed up later by a guy with half a face; he offers them $1million if they press the button but the catch is someone will die if they do. Norma's been told her son's school fees are going to increase, so she goes for the button push - this is odd as her family are loaded. From then on in life for Norma and Arthur is a bowl of very bitter cherries. Humanity is being tested by an unknown and unseen alien presence - they use our weaknesses and strengths to have some fun at our expense; I want to see the follow up where their get their buts kicked.
thought the concept of film ie alien theme wth idea of a game of chance was thought provoking,enjoyed it and well worth the ticket money