Bird Box: A Netflix original that was refreshingly exciting and tense to watch. Having ignored it every time I went onto Netflix, I really had no idea what it was about and it was much scarier than I had anticipated. I had heard it was just a rip off of A Quiet Place which wasn’t at all true. Both have a ‘doing anything to survive’ motivation and themes of family sacrifice. Bird Box has more world building in the story and has much more character development, something A Quiet Place lacked. The premise is the same, there are invasions of creatures on earth but if you catch a glimpse of one your sadness overwhelms you and you commit suicide on the spot. Sounds creepy, right? But we never actually see what the characters see. I liked this, as to me the fear of the unknown is the strongest. I’m always disappointed with films which show the creatures that are meant to be scary, but they almost always fail. Not seeing always makes you imagine something much worse, so not following any typical horror tropes delivered a VERY tense atmosphere, especially with the vicious deaths throughout. Theres a feeling of relief when the films over.
The performances in this film were really great and actually realistic. ‘The lady from Bird Box’ Sandra Bullock’s performance was especially noteworthy and her character Malorie is a fantastic character. Her strong, independent and stern character didn’t feel fake or forced.
The only negatives I have to say is it there were so many unanswered questions and plot holes, which I find frustrating. Like what the monsters actually are and why some people don’t die when they see them. We were given a bit of a clue but this was never actually mentioned again. I think a sequel won’t be too far in the future where the themes and questions will be expanded on.
Definitely worth the watch, even without a blindfold.