Regardless of whether or not you thought Donnie Darko was a masterpiece, there doesn’t seem to be a heck of a lot of debate over Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. You can admire the ambition and some of the ideas, but let’s face it… the movie was just a mess. A few years later, Kelly has regrouped with what appears to be a much simpler film, based on a short story by the late Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The story, which was previously adapted as an episode of The Twilight Zone, centers on a couple (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) who receive a mysterious box on their doorstep. They are told (by Frank Langella, no less) that if they press a button on the box, they will become rich… the catch is that a stranger, somewhere, will also die.
This seems like a morality tale that plays on some of the same themes that we saw last month in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. However, it doesn’t seem to be a straight up horror flick, and based on some of the imagery in the trailer, I’m guessing there will be a little more to it than that. Either way, consider me intrigued. I like the premise, I just hope Kelly doesn’t overcomplicate things. Hopefully this will be one of the movies we get the chance to see at the Toronto Film Festival this September. The Box is scheduled to hit theatres on October 30th… will it redeem Richard Kelly, or put him further in the hole? Check out the trailer after the jump.