Thursday, 29 October 2009
It is 1976 and a stranger makes Cameron Diaz and James Marsden a bizarre offer.
Late in The Box Marsden tells Diaz "It's a place; neither here...nor there". I know how he feels. Someone has mixed up their genres. For the first forty minutes or so this film brews nicely as an Alfred Hitchcock style thriller when suddenly it transforms into a 1950s MGM B-grade science fiction fantasy replete with mysterious out of body type terrestrials and thumping background music a la Forbidden Planet. Not only that but it comes with (queue deep booming echoing voice here) 'A MESSAGE'.
This stew of mumbo jumbo is best consumed cuddled with your lover on a wet, wintery night.