An evil and mysterious presence invades the earth and a person only need look before promptly committing suicide. Determined to avoid this grisly fate, a mother sets out on a dangerous quest to get her family to safety.
I found myself incredibly entertained by this movie. It quickly got under my skin, held me in suspense, and left me with a lot of follow-up questions (which I always appreciate). It could be my love for Sandra Bullock or my newly crowned #MCM Trevante Rhodes, but Bird Box was one of the better experiences I’ve had with Netflix as of late.
You might remember that when a similarly themed movie was released on Netflix this past summer I had less than stellar things to say. That film lacked many things, namely a strong lead character who you actually wanted to see survive. But it’s completely different with Bullock’s character Malorie.
Malorie is slightly acerbic, often looking at life, pregnancy for instance, with very little sentiment. I liked how both her past and present were intermingled throughout the movie with various flashbacks. It felt important for us to have an idea of who she was prior to the creature’s arrival. Her cynical personality and ability to remain detached from people (and situations) got her very far in terms of survival. Even though she isn’t a warm and fuzzy character, her resolve and strength are what make you want to see her live.
While Bird Box has an undeniably haunting quality, there really is nothing too gory shown onscreen. It’s not nearly as much of a horror flick as some of the promo suggests.
That we never see the creature for ourselves makes the moments of suspense more unnerving. It’s left up to the individual imagination to conjure your worst fears. Whatever the creature is or however it manifests itself, causes such a high level of despair that people take their own lives without hesitation. I’m likely in the minority, but I appreciate that the filmmakers didn’t drag these scenes out and add tons of gruesome effects. The camera always cut to something else, which again allows for individual imagination to fill in the blanks.
Rhodes plays Malorie’s loyal comrade Tom who matches her grit, but also possesses a deep sense of compassion. He’s a sensible veteran who helps others without question. I really liked what he brought out in Malorie and his influence undoubtedly played a large part in her survival.
I enjoyed most of the supporting cast, although I found a few characters to be incredibly one-dimensional. There are adult characters who have the sole purpose of shrieking expletives and being generally terrible humans. They don’t add to the story or help move the plot along whatsoever. In some cases, the child actors are much more compelling.
The ending is one that can be left open to many different interpretations. It’s my understanding that the 2014 book has a different (i.e. darker) ending. I don’t want to give any spoilers in case you haven’t seen the movie, so let’s just say it’s frightening to even think about what I would do in a similar situation.
Bird Box is currently streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet be sure to check it out!
If a similar fate befell the earth today do you think you could survive? Tell me why or why not in the comments down below!