Based on the classic story “Button, Button,” by Twilight Zone regular Richard Matheson, The Box poses the classic question, “Would you doom a perfect stranger in exchange for a financial windfall?” After establishing this humble scenario, The Box veers sharply from the expected path and ventures off the rails
in one of the most spectacularly beautiful ways possible.
With lush sets that perfectly capture the film’s 1976 setting, viewers find themselves immersed in a world that is meticulously crafted, based in reality but never quite real. Critics lambasted The Box’s tendency to wiggle plot threads that led nowhere. Roger Ebert, in one of the film’s few positive reviews, called it “preposterous” while wondering aloud whether its “absurdity might not be a strength.”