DVD: The Box (12)

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A scarred stranger shows up on the doorstep of suburban couple Norma and Arthur Lewis and offers them a beguiling choice.

He gives them a box with a button inside it. Should they push the button they will receive $1m, but someone they have never met will die. They make their choice, unleashing a chain of events that changes their lives and brings them in touch with realms they could never imagine. This is a return to form for Richard Kelly, the director of Donnie Darko, after the disaster of Southland Tales. The premise, from a story by Richard Matheson, is intriguing and the Seventies setting is superbly atmospheric.