Film review: Bird Box

Synopsis

A mysterious force takes over the world and only one thing is certain - if you see it, you will die. Survivors must avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for safety, a woman and her two children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they'll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them and complete the trip blindfolded.

Our Review

When my husband suggested that we watch Netflix’s record-breaking Bird Box, I only agreed to watch it because it had a great cast, including my favourite actress Sandra Bullock. Little did I know I would be completely captivated by the thriller that has been watched by more than 45 million Netflix users.

Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, a woman who is first seen sternly talking to two young children – one named Boy and the other named Girl – about the dangerous journey they are about to embark on. She begins with firm instructions, including: “If you hear something in the woods – you tell me. If you hear something in the water – you tell me. But under no circumstance are you allowed to take off your blindfold”. Instantly concerned for their welfare, you’re left wondering what has happened for them to be rowing down a river terrified and, most importantly, blindfolded.

The film takes you back five years where Malorie, a blunt and reluctant mother-to-be, is bantering with her sister (Sarah Paulson) about their family issues. Suddenly, news breaks on the television about a mysterious, widespread and destructive force which is causing mass suicides around the world.

Initially ignoring the warnings, Malorie and her sister find themselves stuck in the thick of it when the mysterious force takes over their town and the people around them begin “to see” an entity that takes form of their worst fears. The scene becomes “suicide city” and Malorie flees for safety. As she’s running down the street, with carnage piling up around her, she eventually finds sanctuary in a nearby house with fellow survivors including actors John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Lil Rel Howery and Trevante Rhodes.

Similar to a zombie-apocalypse film, I wasn’t afraid of the unknown mysterious force taking over people, but more disturbed by the depths that some humans will go to in order to survive. The suspense is sustained throughout the entire film as the audience is left constantly guessing what the mysterious force is and whether you will ever see it.

While there are many graphic and violent scenes, the film also touches on emotional understandings of love, friendship, survival, parenthood and humanity. Sandra Bullock’s performance was hands-down outstanding. Her role as a pregnant woman, who is completely disconnected to her emotions, evolves naturally throughout the film. Sandra creates a real meaning to the word ‘maternal’ when she begins to demonstrate heroic maternal instincts towards the two children in the film. Even if you don’t like the film, you will love her performance.

Bird Box is currently streaming on Netflix.

Final verdict: 4/5

Director:

Susanne Bier.

Cast:

Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich.

Film Rating:

MA

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