Movie Review: Bird Box

February 24th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Bird Box (2018)

| | DramaHorrorSci-Fi | 21 December 2018 (USA)
 
6.7/10
188,006
 
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

Director:

 Susanne Bier

Writers:

 Eric Heisserer (screenplay), Josh Malerman (novel)

Initial Thoughts:

I had heard good things about this movie. I also watched "Outlaw King" (also made by Netflix) and enjoyed it. Netflix is really upping their game when it comes to movies, so after my wife agreed to watch it a second time, I gave it a try.

Main Points:

Let me say right away Sandra Bullock is excellent. I haven't seen much of her films lately but this is one of the best performances I've seen from her in years, Oscar worthy possibly and certainly worth a nomination.

The comparison between this film and "A Quiet Place" is inevitable, so I'll do it right away. Both have strong female leads, both deal with an alien invasion (and the world falling apart) and both involve a major change to normal life. Here (instead of sound) it's sight, basically if you leave the house or even look outside, thoughts of suicide will consume your mind until you do it (usually within minutes or less).

There is an interesting twist in this movie (2 actually) that I won't spoil. I appreciated here that there is not much gore and you never see the aliens (other than some drawings). And yes they do explain what is important about a "Bird Box".

It was nice to see Malkovich in a good movie, B.D. Wong also gives a good (but too short) performance. As with a lot of end of the world movies I found myself imagining what I would do and I have to say that about 8 out 10 decisions made by characters here I agreed with. The movie does a good job building suspense and has some really intense action scenes that I quite enjoyed. The children also put in excellent performances here.

Final Thoughts:

I'm not sure why the rating is only 6.8, I really enjoyed this movie and give it a solid 8 out of 10. Please don't let children watch this, ages 17+ due to violence, blood and language. Also please don't be stupid enough to try some stunt based on this movie. All that said I give this a strong recommendation to any horror/suspense fan. Netflix had an excellent 2018, here's hoping they can keep it going.