Richard Kelly’s back! Richard Kelly’s back! But is he back… on form?
Plunky plunky music that sounds like someone trying to get silence for a toast at a wedding leads us into Cameron Diaz in period garb leaving her house. “Hi Mrs Lewis!” shouts a couple of kids waiting by her front yard for the school bus.
"Eff off kids!" She replies (not really).
One of them is her son – he gripes about the bus stopping in front of their house but his mom… starts to eat his head! Oh, no… sorry. This isn’t the twisty bit yet. She’s just showering him with Mum-style affection to embarrass the lad.
“Hi, I’m actor James Marsden, and this is my best smug satisfaction look, since I’m happily married to Cameron Diaz.”
But are they happy? Their finances are tight and they may have to move. What they need is a weird box to turn up on their doorstep, and a stranger to waffle nonsense for a bit. That'll cheer them up.
Still, at least James has a lovely job.
It's No Longer Rocket Science
Oh no! “Hi, I’m actor James Marsden and I’m not so smug now, since I’m losing my job with NASA. Look – it says so on my badge and look at the moon picture on the wall behind me. The MOON!”
You should probably ignore that, it won't be relevant later on. Oh no.
But wait… what’s this? Is it… A BOX? Yes, yes it is. What the hell is that doing there?
Fact: The box is the same box used by David Fincher in Se7en.
If you look really closely, you can see flecks of Gwyneth Paltrow's brain and a few strands of her matted bloody hair on the lid.
Supplementary fact: That's not true.
Who’s this at the door now? It’s a mysterious man played by Frank Langella.
But what’s UP WITH HIS FACE? Nice hat. But THAT FACE!
One You Can't Refuse?
“Mrs Lewis?” He says over shots of the pair opening the box. “I assumed you received the box?”
"Eff off weird face," she replies. No she doesn't.
The Hardest Button To Button
“I’ve got an offer to make,” he continues. Here we go with the big twist… “If you push the button, two things will happen."
"First, someone, somewhere in the world, whom you don’t know, will die.”
Money Money Money!
“Second, you will receive a payment of $1 million. You have 24 hours.” No pressure, then.
Marsden’s Arthur immediately starts trying to track down who the mystery man was, talking to someone at the police station (played by Donnie Darko’s Holmes Osbourne).
"He had a lovely hat, was banging on about a box... Oh, and he had a really weird face. I can't stress that enough."
Not So Fast!
But Langella’s on to them! “I hope he isn’t playing detective,” he growls over the phone to Norma. “I have quite a few employees.”
“Oh, god…” whispers Norma. We see a zombie-esque staring man standing outside her window. He looks cold.
The tension really starts to ratchet up as Arthur talks to a woman in his car “Someone pushing your buttons?” she asks. She what she did there, eh?
Just Say No, Kids
Diaz confronts Langella. “What if we say no?” she demands. “There are always consequences…” he replies, menacingly.
“He’s testing you,” announces a scary-lookin’ librarian lady.
More car conversation. “We have to save your son or your wife is going to die,” Arthur is warned. “How’s she going to die?” he asks. “You’re going to kill her." Dun. Dun. Duuuur, etc.
They seemingly stop to stare at a Santa ringing his bell in the middle of the road when WHAM! A truck hits the vehicle. And you thought Father Christmas was jolly….
It’s time for a dramatic montage! Including this shot of creepy librarian lookin’ lady doing something strange with a liquid.
We end on a shot of the pair from earlier in the film, pondering whether to push the button. Our opinion: push away! You can resolve your guilt with money. Okay, maybe not.
Knowing Kelly, he’s probably picked a pilot as the target of the “unknown” death and a jet will fall on their house. He likes crashing jet bits on houses.
It certainly looks intriguing and it’s a killer - pun intended - concept. We’re just hoping it lives up to the Twilight Zone-style tease.