The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells.
Director Richard Ayoade's film lays Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella out in a nowhere land of office bureaucracy. Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon James, a skivvying worker bee who's belittled by his colleagues and shunned by Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) the elfin girl who works the office's giant, clanking photocopier. Eisenberg also plays James Simon, Simon James' doppelgänger, who arrives unannounced, wins over the boss and immediately starts dating Hannah. No-one reacts to the duplication, because Simon is such a nobody. You don't know it's a copy if you haven't seen the original.
Four everyday suburban guys come together to form a neighborhood watch group, but only as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination. Movie in English with subtitles in Latvian and Russian.