Archive: Bird Box (2018) A Review

2018 seems to have been a great year for movies that I missed.  So I thought I would catch up on this suspenseful horror film on Netflix UK.

Certificate: 15

Director: Susanne Bier

Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer (screenplay), Josh Malerman (novel)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich

Genre: Horror, Drama

Runtime: 124 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Holy Shit balls this was a totally wild ride.  This film is a tension filled rollercoaster almost from the very first minute.  I remembered all of the hype around it when it first came out, and I didn’t watch it then, but I am so glad I have remedied that, this was right up my street.

After a strange unseen presence causes anyone who sees it to commit suicide, a mother and her two children have to risk everything in order to make it to one of the last safe places left.  But they have to do it without taking off their blindfolds, and without falling victim to a small group of people who seem to be in some way, immune to whatever causes the psychotic behaviour.

Movies like this and ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘The Silence’ have been a dime a dozen in recent years, but this is the best one that I have seen.  The atmosphere is butt clenchingly tense the entire time, something that is always going to happen when there is an ever present threat that you cannot see.  But unlike the films where sound is a problem, we don’t have that here, which means that this film has the aid of a script to help ramp up the suspense and to tell a good story rather then just scare you witless.

Sandra Bullock does an excellent job. As basically the only character with a lot to do in this film, she gives a really good performance.  I don’t feel like I have seen her around a lot lately, and the clearest memory I have of her is from ‘Miss Congeniality’ so this is definitely a big step up from there in my opinion.  There are a lot of side characters, but they mostly serve as cannon fodder for the unseen monsters, only Tom really has any development in the film besides Mallory.  And to me his ending wasn’t all that satisfactory, heroic yes, but not really the way I wanted him to go out.

The score is really what ties this whole thing together.  Music goes a long way in horror films ton helping with the atmosphere and in setting a mood.  And in cases like this where the entities are unseen, it is the music of a scene that really helps to get the audiences blood pumping and increase that feeling of menace.

I would have liked to have found out what makes certain members of the population immune, and what it is that they see, that makes them want to share their vision with the world.  It is one of the only pieces of information that is left unanswered and I like things to be nicely wrapped up.

But I would highly recommend this film to any horror film fans, and it is free to stream on Netflix UK now!

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