A woman and her two children brave the elements to find shelter after the planet is invaded by a presence that drives anyone who sees it to suicide.
Bird Box (2018)
Directed by Susanne Bier
Written by Eric Heisserer
Starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich,
Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Tom Hollander, Danielle Macdonald, BD Wong, Machine Gun Kelly, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery
Based on the novel by Josh Malerman
Remember Bird Box? It was all the rage two years ago. People wouldn't stop talking about Netflix's latest horror flick. I saw the "Bird Box Challenge" on the news, where idiots would just put on blindfolds and walk outside, into traffic mostly. It was all that dumb shit that kept me from watching this when it came out. I didn't want to fan the flames of what I believed to be a likely shitty movie that was encouraging a lot of dumbassery. But here we are two years later, and with every major film release delayed indefinitely, I'm hankering for some new blood. So, Bird Box.
Sandra Bullock plays Malorie, a stubborn, unnecessarily angry woman who is pregnant when the world ends. Strange creatures, or possibly just a visual mist, invades the planet and drives anyone who looks at it to suicide. Thus, all the survivors wear blindfolds when they travel. Interesting concept. I remember when John Krasinski and Emily Blunt did it with their ears in a much more successful movie. But still, despite it being a blatant view-grabbing ripoff of A Quiet Place, it isn't bad. The cast is decent, the story is engaging, and the ending is satisfying. But once again, just like A Quiet Place, I was left wanting more. What the hell were these things? Why were they here? Why did some people die but others went crazy?
Bird Box is not worth the intrigue and fallout that came from its initial release. At most, it's a passable horror flick that's leagues better than most of Netflix's horror movie selection. I'm surprised there hasn't been a horror movie where Earth is invaded by mysterious creatures that smell weird, so everyone covers their noses to avoid them. You may laugh, but I'd bet you anything in the world that that concept has been brought up by a suit in a Hollywood conference room at least once in the past two years, along with "taste" and "touch" aliens. Still, back to Bird Box, you could do worse. It's not that bad.