Less than a month since it’s release worldwide on Netflix on December 21st, Bird Box has been one of the more talked about films in recent times.
Based on the novel by Josh Malerman that came out in 2014, the film, directed by Susanne Bier starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and several more talented actors is definitely a success.
A film captivated my entities (no clue what they are) that have no corporeal form that infiltrates your head, imitate voices, have creepy shadows.
Overall, the film has good direction that manages to pull through to the end. Based on a novel, it is no surprise that the film falls a bit short of expectations. However, the film manages to make a few good impressions.
Intersecting between two time periods, the film brings out a great story for the audience. An expecting mother Malorie played by Sandra Bullock forms the crux of the story. When the apocalypse hits, it’s mass suicide. Anyone on the outside sees something that makes them go psychedelic and take their own lives. Later, we come across a set of people who seem to survive seeing the creatures due to what seems like a mentally ill state before they see the entities.
Definitely not your typical horror movie, Bird Box goes through with emphasis on the fear experienced by the people on screen rather than the usual supernatural interactions or big ation sequences.
Unfortunately, it is very clear the film does not quite reach its potential. Strong acting however compensates and sets a creepy mood. Another problem with the film is several logical gaps like rules that aren’t fully set out, a story that isn’t completely told, loads of room for interpretations, all in all, a film that gives rise to more questions than it answers. For instance, how does this entity that possesses no form, manage to tip off proximity sensors. Or, if they can whip up winds, why can’t they break down doors.
At the end of the day, if you’re simply looking for a horror film to pass your time, this would be your cup of tea, as long as you don’t think too much about it. I give it a 3/5.