I couldn’t resist not watching this film for a long time. I saw the trailer and I was intrigued, absorbed into this odd concept. To be honest, the first thing I did think was that it seems very similar to ‘A Quiet Place’, that instead of noise attracting these creatures, it’s sight. But after watching, it is quite a different concept to that. True, sight does attract the madness and the “end of the world”, however it’s not that simple, because as the watcher you never fully see what they do, it’s personalised to that human being, making them want to commit suicide. That’s the concept of this film: if you look when the wind blows and darkness comes with, you’re worst nightmare will be presented and the only option available is to die. So stay blindfolded.
Now I can’t comment on whether it is similar to the novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, because I haven’t read it, although I’ve heard they follow well. As a film, I thought ‘Bird Box’ was brilliant! I was hooked from the beginning, absorbed into this life never being able to see, taking on a whole new perspective. The whole film has an eerie and intriguing feel to it; you are constantly asking questions, but things only become clearer slowly throughout. You have suspicions, but you’re not entirely sure, you can’t guess it all with confidence. Personally, I didn’t think it was thrilling all the way through, however it had its moments of unnerving and unsettling tension, where something could happen, but you don’t really trust everyone to know who is the untrusted. There is quite a bit of drama-related scenes, which I did enjoy because it built up the film well.
‘Bird Box’ is designed by jumping back and forth, you start in the present, as main characters run to the river and start rowing. Then you jump back five years, when the unexplained suicides first started happening, when the end of the world arrived. Then back to the river, we are unsure why they are rowing, where they are going, but it’s the survival of three, and the desperation in a post-apocalyptic world. This jumping between tenses is well done and creates that need for answers even more.
Alike to ‘A Quiet Place’, horror is built even more because of the involvement of pregnancy and eventually children. There’s a constant worry for our main protagonist, Malorie (Sandra Bullock), as she is heavily pregnant when this first kicks off. Then the children are brilliant, they act as normal children would, confused in this new state of a world. I have to mention all the other actors too, because they were phenomenal. Sandra Bullock is fabulous, obviously. As my cousins stated, it’s like she brings some sort of comfort to the screen. John Malkovich is of course brilliant as usual, his character portrayed as pessimistic and angry at everything. Again, Trevante Rhodes was brilliant in his portrayal as the loving help in hand to one angry pregnant lady. The only issue I would say was the arrival of Tom Hollander, even though his character was unnerving yet had a sense of forgiveness, did a terrible American accent, if that was what it was supposed to be.
I was absorbed into ‘Bird Box’ from the start. Hooked into wanting to know more and find out everything. It was a great film, thrilling and mysterious, drama-filled and desperate for all characters. Give it a watch, aren’t you a little intrigued to what a bird box has to do with it anyway?