Vic Likes to Think Outside “The Box”
Hey! Vic Mancuso here! Welcome to my very first movie review for Expo Weekly! Now there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Vic Mancuso before. I’m an actor /writer /producer /director. You might know me from my cameo in Dracula 2000, alongside Gerard Butler, star of “300”!! I’d like to thank Cassidy for hooking me up with this gig. Not only do I get to see movies for free (LOL!), but I also get to share my film expertise with all my fans across the world!
For my very first assignment, they sent me to see “The Box”, starring the lovely Cameron Diaz and the guy who played Cyclops in “X-Men”. “The Box” is a movie with so many twists and turns, it will probably confuse a lot of people. It starts out with Ms. Diaz, a broke school teacher, and her broke husband that works at NASA getting a package on their doorstep. The package contains a wooden box with a red button on top. This is the same box from the game show “Deal or No Deal”. If they press the button, they win $1,000,000, but there’s a catch you won’t see on Deal or No Deal! If they take the million, someone they don’t know will die! They need money badly, so who cares if a stranger dies right?
As soon as they got the box, I told the guy sitting next to me in the theatre that she would press the button. I knew it! Of course Cameron presses the button, and a creepy old man shows up, hands over the $1 million dollars, and takes the box away. At this point, Cameron and her husband are thinking ‘that was easy’. But oh, they are so mistaken. This is where the genius of the movie starts to unfold.
You might think going into this movie that it’s a thriller, but it’s actually a sci-fi mystery. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that the creepy old man with the box is not human!! He’s an alien, testing people all over the planet with these boxes to see if they are capable of making the right choice. It’s a big test. If enough of them press the button, then the human race will be wiped out. Trust me, this movie will keep you guessing.
Cameron Diaz’s performance as the good hearted wife that wants extra spending cash hasn’t been this good since Charlie’s Angels. She deserves an Oscar nod for this one. Let’s just say that during her death scene, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. Her husband, played by Cyclops wasn’t as good. I think I could’ve brought more emotion to that role, because I’ve dealt with plenty of broads that are all about the money.
“The Box” will play with your mind. After I left the theatre, I couldn’t get the film out of my head. What if a box ended up on my doorstep? I’ve lost packages that way, but if I did actually receive it, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t press the button. How could I live with the guilt, knowing another human being died because of my greed? Besides, I’ll make my millions soon enough.
So what would you do if a box ended up on your doorstep?
Could you press the button?
Vic gives “THE BOX” 6 out of 6 stars! (I am the only one giving movies 6 stars! Patent pending!)
P.S. Thanks to my neighbor Kathy for typing this for me.