2009 | 116 min. minutes | Rated PG-13
Those expecting that Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, after the critical and commercial catastrophe of Southland Tales, will scale things back on the bizarro scale are gonna be surprised: Shortly after its initial premise is introduced, The Box spirals into an overwhelming clusterfuck of sci-fi surrealism that's as imaginative, fascinating, disorienting, and frustrating as anything in Darko and Southland. Most of the time The Box is just weird--creative and original and entertaining as hell, but, at least on first viewing, equally inscrutable. While I can't blindly recommend it--I'm not a huge fan of violent reprisal--I will say this: I'll be seeing it a few more times, and I'm already looking forward to whatever Kelly cooks up next.
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