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  • Welcome to Cinema Summary, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Today's movie is all about one question: What would you do for a million dollars?

  • This is the Box

  • The movie starts with a classified document.

  • It's about this guy named Arlington Steward He had a terrible accident

  • which we will find out about later.

  • After his accident he starts making these weird, wooden boxes

  • and delivering them to people.

  • Norma Lewis, a woman who lives in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Finds one of these boxes on her doorstep one day.

  • It's morning, it's foggy and there is a black car driving away.

  • She brings it inside, and her, her husband,

  • and her kid try to figure out what it is.

  • The box is locked but through the see-through cover they can see a big red button

  • They find a note a note with the box and it says that

  • Mr. Steward will visit them at 5:00 PM

  • and none of them know who Mr. Steward is

  • Okay, real quick, I'm gonna introduce you to the family

  • before we get to the real crazy stuff, okay?

  • So, Arthur the Dad works at NASA

  • Norma the Mom is a school teacher

  • and Walter the Kid studies at the same school that his mom teaches at.

  • Together they are the Lewis Family

  • They leave home to go to work and in class, a creepy kid

  • asks Norma why she limps and we find out that Norma's foot is disfigured

  • Later, at school.

  • She meets the principal.

  • Who tells her that the discount given to the teachers who have kids at the same school

  • has been cancelled.

  • And oddly enough, when they are done talking, the principal gets a nose bleed.

  • Back at home, Norma hears the doorbell ring

  • and she opens the door to see: A man with a burned face.

  • Norma is shocked by his appearance and almost doesn't let him.

  • Until he introduces himself

  • "My name is Arlington Steward."

  • Inside, he gives her an envelope with a key inside.

  • The key that opens the glass cover.

  • and he tells her that if you push the button 2 things will happen

  • 1) Someone, somewhere in the world will die 2) You will get 1 million dollars in cash

  • In a briefcase just like this one and before he leaves he gives her a $100 bill

  • for her kindness. Huh.

  • She doesn't believe him and in fact she's freaked out by him.

  • But he convinces her that

  • It's all real and if she presses the button, she will find out the truth

  • and the money is all hers

  • So Arthur is at work building a fake foot for Norma so she can walk normally.

  • When he gets a letter from his boss.

  • He has been rejected from the astronaut training program.

  • He cannot be an astronaut because he failed his psychological evaluation.

  • That evening, Arthur opens up the box with Norma and they find out that it is just wood.

  • There is no way this box could send any signal or message to anyone.

  • and even after this, they still do not know if they should press the button.

  • At NASA the next day, a man receives a phone call from his wife.

  • and she's freaking out because their daughter has been kidnapped.

  • So he drives to meet her, and we see someone spying on him.

  • Arthur comes back home to tell Norma that The $100 bill she got is real because

  • he tested it and they begin to feel greedy.

  • Suddenly, Norma presses the button, after all:

  • "It's just a box."

  • Someone has dialed the 911 (the police)

  • the person calling said they heard screaming and gunshots.

  • The police are on their way to the crime scene where a neighbor tells them there was a guy

  • with a briefcase who drove off.

  • Inside the home, the police find a woman shot dead and a little girl locked in a bathroom.

  • The door bell rings at the Lewis's home

  • Arlington Steward has come back

  • He asks for the key back and opens his briefcase.

  • The Lewis's are shocked and horrified! Arthur asks Steward if someone died.

  • To which Steward says

  • Well of course someone died."

  • then Norma asks Steward what he will do next

  • and he tells them that he will take the Box to

  • another family and make the same offer to them.

  • He leaves the briefcase full of cash and the house taking the box with him

  • but Arthur can't handle this. He's guilty,

  • and tries to return the money but Steward drives off

  • and Arthur gets the license plate and rushes back in.

  • At the police station, we learn more about the murder.

  • The police think that the woman's husband might be the killer.

  • but it doesn't make sense: He's a good guy, never hurt his wife,

  • Never committed a crime.

  • Who is the husband?

  • Jeff Carnes: The same guy who got the phone call from earlier and was being spied on.

  • That night, Arthur gives Norma the fake foot.

  • and we see how she is able to walk normally now.

  • Together they go to a wedding rehearsal dinner.

  • There they meet Norma's parents

  • and Arthur wins a prize and he chooses a present.

  • He opens the present and Inside is a photo of Arlington Steward.

  • and then he sees the creepy kid from Norma's class.

  • Holding 2 fingers up.

  • At home with Walter and Dana the Babysitter.

  • Dana sees something

  • We don't get a clear picture.

  • But we can also see something or someone.

  • Standing outside of the window.

  • She doesn't say anything about what she sees but

  • Dana does ask to see some of Arthur's other stuff.

  • So, Walter takes her downstairs to the basement.

  • Arthur has a private talk with his father-in-law who works for the police.

  • Asking him to find information on Arlington Steward

  • by searching for Steward's license plate.

  • Norma is told she has a phone call waiting for her by waiter.

  • and at first, the waiter is confused but then gives her the phone.

  • The waiter leaves and gets a nosebleed.

  • Okay, now you're gonna notice something, different people are going to start bleeding from the nose

  • Now there is a reason for this and I will tell you later, but stick with me.

  • Back to the movie

  • On the phone, Steward and Norma talk.

  • Steward tells her that he knows that Arthur

  • told the police about his license plates.

  • He knows about this since.

  • "He has many employees."

  • Huh, creepy and what's even creepier.

  • Is that he tells her that actions have consequences.

  • And to 'enjoy the party'

  • Arthur sees the creepy kid from earlier laughing at him.

  • He yells at him outside.

  • Why are you laughing?”.

  • Do you think my wife's foot is funny?”

  • He's angry and loud and everyone sees this, including Norma.

  • So, they leave before Arthur does something bad.

  • and as they drive away one of the valet's raises 2 fingers.

  • When they get home, Arthur drives the babysitter to her motel

  • and during this drive, the babysitter starts talking.

  • Saying creepy things likeYou have blood on your hands"

  • Somebody pushing your buttons?"

  • and warns him toLook at the light”.

  • Then she blacks out.

  • and as soon as they get to her motel.

  • She wakes up!

  • And tells Arthur.

  • He is in danger and that only he can save himself.

  • Then the babysitter gets a nosebleed.

  • She goes to her room and as she's walking.

  • People just stand outside their rooms watching her and we hear a broadcast.

  • About spaceflight technology.

  • She goes into her room and there's a wall with photos of Norma, Arthur, and Walter

  • and other information connecting them together.

  • And she's looking at this.

  • Like she's seen this for the first time.

  • It's weird.

  • Outside we see a group of people standing around a glowing swimming pool

  • When he gets home, Arthur asks Norma how she knows Dana the Babysitter

  • She tells him, she met her on a field trip and that Dana is from Richmond but then Arthur

  • shows her Dana's drivers license:

  • Her real name is Sara and she is from Boston.

  • That night, Arthur goes downstairs.

  • To check the photo of Steward he got from the party and he finds that it matches the

  • photo in his basement. The photo of the people who worked on the Viking 1 Probe

  • The next morning, Norma answers the phone.

  • It's Mr. Steward, who asks where Arthur went and he asks

  • if Arthur is investigating something he shouldn't.

  • Norma asks if Dana is one of his employees and all he has to say is

  • “I have many employees”.

  • She asks to meet him face-to-face.

  • and Steward tells her that he's in her backyard.

  • and outside, there's some random dude.

  • Standing outside her window.

  • That was the guy who Dana saw last night.

  • He had been standing there, watching them.

  • Since last night.

  • and then we see where Steward is calling from: It looks like a giant complex built underground

  • like a bunker or a secret military base

  • Meanwhile, Arthur is at the police station

  • talking with his father-in-law who is a policeman.

  • He tells Arthur that Steward's license plates

  • are used by government agents.

  • Steward's license plates are used by NSA agents, in fact.

  • And then Arthur notices photos on the desk Photos of the murdered wife.

  • It's all coming together.

  • His father-in-law (the police officer) is really casual about it

  • Telling him the details: she was shot to death;

  • No signs of a struggle, and that her husband worked at, NASA.

  • Then the he tells Arthur that The gunshots were heard sometime around 4:40 PM and Arthur

  • then has an idea of why she died.

  • and he asks if he can look at the crime scene

  • Meanwhile, Norma is shopping with her mother When suddenly this woman comes to her and

  • She saysThe NSA is letting him do it.

  • NASA can't stop it.

  • All test subjects are under the age of 40.

  • Happily married with a single child.

  • Go to the Richmond Public Library and follow this call number.

  • Don't trust anyone.

  • Not even your husband.”

  • The woman collapses in Norma's arms, and the woman gets a nosebleed.

  • Norma decides to go to the library to see what that woman wanted her to see.

  • At the crime scene, Arthur sees a desk

  • on it is a photo of Arlington Steward,

  • before his accident with his wife, Clymene.

  • And there are other things on the desk like

  • this polaroid photo of the Human Resource Exploitation Manual.

  • There are numbers on it's rim.

  • These are library call numbers for books.

  • Those numbers on the spine of books, that help you find out where they are in a library.

  • So, Arthur sneaks the photo out and goes to the library to check out the call number.

  • Norma is there now, and she's looking for her call number.

  • When she sees Arthur.

  • She remembers what that woman saidDon't trust anyone.

  • Not even your husband

  • She hides from him and goes downstairs.

  • Arthur doesn't know she's here but he finds a book.

  • But somewhere in the library, a group of guys suddenly turn.

  • The book Arthur found is called The Lightning book.

  • Inside is a newspaper clipping readingNASA employee struck by lightning”.

  • Downstairs, Norma finds what she is looking for, a film reel.

  • She takes it out and plays it.

  • Upstairs, Arthur leaves the book and on his way out.

  • Comes face to face with that group of guys from earlier who follow him.

  • He runs away and they follow him.

  • It's seriously creepy.

  • They don't even talk.

  • Downstairs, the film reel shows a building.

  • A NASA building.

  • It looks like a place to put airplanes in and

  • we see scorch marks on the building and tarmac.

  • Arthur is still running away when he enters this big room.

  • As he gets closer and closer, to what he thinks is the exit.

  • The people there turn to look at him.

  • He asks the librarian for directions and he realizes he knows her

  • From the photo!

  • That's Arlington Steward's wife : Clymene Steward.

  • Norma continunes watching the film and sees: Arlington Steward.

  • Before his accident looking into the camera.

  • Arthur asks Steward's Wife, ClymeneWhy is he testing us?”

  • and she answersHe's testing us, all of us."

  • And then she asks him to follow her to a side room.

  • there she tells him that there are 3 gateways, but he must be careful

  • There is only 1 path to salvation

  • Whatever that means, it doesn't sound safe.

  • ander nose starts to bleed

  • as she holds her hand out and below, 3 floor tiles open up.

  • and from them come these weird pillars of water.

  • Norma is trying to get out of library, but she is taken to meet Steward.

  • Steward tells Norma that he was struck by lightning, and now he can talk with the people

  • who control the lightning.

  • Arthur asks what happens if he chooses wrong or if he doesn't choose at all.