Horrors with post-apocalyptic themes are pretty much what they are- same old stuff. I personally don’t think any more twist can be infused that hasn’t been already. To be completely honest, Bird Box is just another one of such horrors in the category of A Quiet Place, Children of Men etc. The aim is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration of the movie. Did it succeed?
Verdict: 6/10 Stars
Bird Box is the film adaption of Josh Malerman’s novel of the same title. While the plot doesn’t really call for a standing ovation, the story and its lead character Sandra Bullock, give it just the right push to leave a lasting effect. Bird Box, in summary, tells the tale of monsters (unseen by the audience but we can’t say the same for the movie’s characters) who haunt people by getting them to commit suicide upon having eye contact.
The Bird Box story might connect to mothers or prospective mothers much more than other kinds of audience. That’s because the story’s lead character, Mallory (Sandra Bullock) must make her way to safety with her two kids named Boy and Girl. The Climax for us in this category has to be when the monsters try to lure her kids and she cries out “Don’t take my Children”!
For the better part of this movie currently streaming on Netflix, the plot employs the use of flashback technique to drag us to events leading to the present day which opens with Bullock giving a very serious-faced talk about the primary safety rule- “never take off your blindfolds”.
Undoubtedly, Bird Box gives the same tense feeling expected from films of the same genre but the tense feeling doesn’t kick off from the first scene as the movie drags for a bit. Looking at it from the bright side, this allows the audience to settle into the story and follow the journey (the movie is literally a journey). I’ll assure you that it eventually picks up momentum.
Every character is strangely (Ok, not so strange) familiar especially for fans of post-apocalyptic films. There’s Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) – naive victim. You must always find an Olympia in Horrors of this theme. Then there are the scapegoats (almost always Blacks). They may be one or more but they have to die brutally for the story to go on. There’s the unnecessarily cruel. This character is played by John Malkovich as Donald.
To be fair, Bird Box‘s star-studded cast come together to create a pretty decent thriller. It succeeds in creating an entertaining viewing experience. Will it snatch a spot at the top? I don’t think so.