Bird Box (2018)
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Susanne Bier
Producer: Dylan Clark, Chris Morgan, et. al.
Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer
Date Released: November 12, 2018
Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes
Trevante Rhodes as Tom
Jacki Weaver as Cheryl
John Malkovich as Douglas
Sarah Paulson as Jessica Hayes
Rosa Salazar as Lucy
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Bird Box, directed by Susanne Bier and released in 2018 on Netflix is a thriller/suspense film about a mysterious demonic plague that causes people to lose all their senses and ultimately commit suicide. Bird Box follows the story of a young woman, Malorie, played by Sandra Bullock, who must journey through a forest in order to reach a safe haven accompanied by two young children. The catch is, Malorie must make her venture blind folded in order to avoid this plague.
Bird Box is built more on suspense rather than outright gore. There are some scenes which do depict some blood and gore. The suspense and anticipation is monsters you cannot see is what Bird Box (2018) emphasizes.
The Grave Review
Bird Box (2018) features several high ticket actors and actresses such as John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Tom Hollander. Each have a respectable resume of films that they have previously acted in. With big actors in this post-apocalyptic film, sources indicate that Bird Box cost roughly $19.8 Million USD.
The plot of trying to survive blind-folded is would be horrifying to anyone and in this respect, the plot had the potential to be a very suspenseful and heart-throbbing film. However, with a run-time of two hours and four minutes, I often felt that the pace of the film was very slow. Even with so much time, it was difficult to feel connected to Malorie or any of the other characters. In addition, the fact that Malorie and the two children were able to escape multiple obstacles blind-folded without incident was unrealistic. Overall, the plot was underdeveloped.
Despite the hefty budget and big name actors and actresses, Bird Box (2018) fell short of an interesting and eye-catching story (no pun intended). Netflix gave Bird Box a good attempt at becoming a successful film but failed to develop the plot. In many respects, I could see Bird Box as a better mini-series than a film.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Bird Box (2018) two graves out of five graves.
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