telepathy: (Greek origin) The sympathetic affection of one mind by the thoughts, feelings or emotions of another at a distance, without communicating through the normal channels of sensation.
In my high school days, The Book of Questions was a sensation. The book confronted the reader with an endless stream of questions that challenged one’s moral judgment and ethical make-up.
The questions in the book were usually phrased in such a manner, or some approximation, to the following: If you had the ability to kill a complete stranger in a unique manner– like say, pressing a red button on a mystical box– in exchange for a million dollars, would you do it?
My buddies and I would gather ’round and pose these questions to each other; our responses were dissected and laid bare for all to criticize.
Controlled substances were optional.
It was a great way to pass the time and delude ourselves into believing we were complex and sophisticated thinkers.
Little did I know that in 2009, popular culture would try to pull that sh*t on me again, this time in the form of the movie called “The Box.”
Disclaimer: I have not seen the movie “THE BOX”, nor do I have any desire to see it. I have no affiliation or vested interest in the success or failure of this movie. See * page of this blog. Nonetheless, I will review this movie with a wink and a hunch.
Five years down the road when I’m having trouble sleeping at 2 in the morning for whatever reason and the only other viewing alternative is some Tyler Perry suckfest on TBS or the late local news and a Seinfeld re-run is a half-hour away. I have just described the only conditions where I might see any glimpse of this atrocious excuse for a movie called “The Box.”
Spoiler alert! Do not attempt to read any further! Spoiler alert!
1. It’s a flimsy star vehicle. They tried to seduce us by casting Cameron Diaz to salvage this mess. Her career trajectory hasn’t exactly been upwardly mobile these days. The producers could have found better insurance from that talking lizard.
2. The first twenty minutes of the movie is devoted to boring characterization scenes. In order for the movie to function we have to buy into the notion that the main character is totally sympathetic and completely redemptive. Again, Cameron Diaz as insurance.
3. Be prepared for Cameron Diaz in impeccable make-up, soft fill lighting with plenty of obnoxious close-ups as the director has proactively shot the movie in a user friendly film ratio to aid the inevitable data transfer from big screen to TV screen.
4. Despite the seemingly insurmountable moral dilemma that the trailer is projecting, Cameron Diaz will press the red button in the box. Of course she does.
5. The person that will die as a result of her pressing the red button in the box will have eventual implications on her life. The only suspense here is if the audience will still be awake or coherent enough to find out.
The movie “The Box.” Why bother?
Here at Bacon Makes It Better, we don’t just rant, we offer solutions, too:
Top Five Things To Do Instead of Paying Good Money To See “The Box”
5. Clean out storm drains.
4. Visit your dentist.
3. Watch something else. Anything else.
2. Go to the DMV.
1. Stab your eyes out with a rusty screwdriver.
Look! I’m a film critic/ movie going consultant!
That’ll be $8.50, please.