Global  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

MOVIE REVIEW: Bird Box

One News Page Staff Tom HollanderTom HollanderSarah PaulsonSarah Paulson
Tuesday, 8 January 2019 ()

MOVIE REVIEW: Bird Boxby 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

BIRD BOX

IMDb

Dir: Susanne Bier

Starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Vivien Lyra Blair, Julian Edwards, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Colson Baker, BD Wong, Tom Hollander, Sarah Paulson

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Netflix continue to really push the envelope as far as original movies are concerned, with very few failing to ignite at least some positive critical attention in recent times. With the emergence of ‘nu-horror’ movies in the form of A Quiet Place, Annihilation and Hereditary in the past year or so, it makes sense that the streaming network would turn their attention to concept horror themselves in an attempt to eke morbid interest. Bird Box is their latest triumph, having garnered a freight train of social media interest and having apparently broken all manner of viewing records in its first week. Bizarrely, it’s also been the focus of a new spate of social media ‘challenges’, those of which Netflix has directly intervened with in an attempt to close down completely.

Bird Box is an adaptation of a Josh Malerman novel which follows the journey of Malorie (Bullock) and her young family in the face of what appears to be a mysterious apocalyptic event. We are soon shown that people all committing suicide everywhere you look – with strange entities supposedly causing whoever looks at them to experience feelings of such dread that they take their own lives. The movie traverses across Malorie’s interactions with fellow survivors of what continues to be a very strange take on the apocalypse – as we start to learn little bits and pieces about what may be at stake. Not much, of course – as is the way with concept horror!

Bird Box - Movie Review
Bird Box (Netflix)

Off the bat, this is a great premise, albeit one which may seem a little samey to some horror or genre enthusiasts who feel they may have seen the same things attempted across TV and movies before. Blindfolding to avoid seeing suicidal monsters is a new one on me, though – and while the execution ultimately may not live up to the sheer intensity of the premise, the movie at least does a great job of being genuinely unsettling. All too often, modern horror movies promise a ton and fail to deliver – you get what you pay for with Bird Box, and that, obviously, is your monthly subscription.

Led by Bullock and ably assisted by a well-rounded and very capable cast, there are a number of great ensemble players in here who genuinely help to propel the movie to scale greater heights. The pacing is generally speedy, there’s a nice sense of urgency – and you do actually grow concerned, if not morbidly curious, about what on earth it might be that’s forcing everyone to either kill themselves or keep their eyes shut.

Bird Box - Official Trailer (Netflix)

Frustratingly, and yes, we have Cloverfield still to blame for this – the old trope of ‘you don’t get to see the monster’ is rolled out yet again. So is, I’m afraid, the trope of ‘you don’t get to know where the monster came from’. This lack of explanation does rather let the side down in the sense that it’s a cliché that has absolutely been done to death across the past decade and before. There are multiple genre movies still doing this, and while it can be used to a great extent in many cases, in others, it is spectacularly unfulfilling. In the case of Bird Box, it’s irksome at worst – it’s still not a trope that’s welcome if done badly, but it doesn’t let the side down completely here. While the unknown can certainly help to propel fear and concern to new heights – which it does here, for the most part – the distinct lack of closure across the board is immensely unsatisfying.

That being said, the simple threat of there being a monster at all rather becomes the monster itself, in lieu of there being any kind of physical creep waiting to leap out. Critics of the ‘closure’ approach to monster-based storytelling may argue that more needs to be left to our imagination, and that giving us too much to play with spoils any intended effects. I think there’s a keen balance to be found, somewhere.

Some of the character relationships, if I have to say anything more critical, may be a little bit on the haphazard, rushed side – though if this was to make way for the major monster thrills, I’m all for it. Bird Box remains a great piece of cult concept horror, slotting in well alongside the likes of A Quiet Place – helping to rid us all of the memories of The Happening from more than a few years ago. Cloverfield, however, still has plenty to answer for – in the sense that a lot of us are still waiting for ‘closure horror’ to make a comeback.


0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

You Might Like


Other recent news and videos in Movies: Graham's Movie Reviews

Movies: Graham's Movie Reviews News
MOVIE REVIEW: Life Itself
MOVIE REVIEW: The Favourite

Other recent news and videos in Movies: Movie Reviews

Movies: Movie Reviews News
Glass Movie Review: M Night Shyamalan Film is Too Contrived to be Taken Seriously
Default film review: financial crisis revisited in straight South Korean take on The Big Short
Goyenda Tatar movie review: Srikanta Galui's film is undermined by convoluted script, ill-defined characters
Glass film review: M Night Shyamalan bridges Unbreakable and Split with disappointing sequel
 
Replicas: Movie Review [Video]Replicas: Movie Review 00:55

Replicas: Movie Review

Credit: Common Sense Media - Affiliate - Published

YMS: Escape Room [Video]YMS: Escape Room 08:22

Escape Room movie review YMS

Credit: Rumble - Published


Recent related news from verified sources

Tattoo artist tries the 'Bird Box Challenge' while working on a client and it goes horribly wrong

Tattoo artist tries the 'Bird Box Challenge' while working on a client and it goes horribly wrong
A tattoo artist in Brazil filmed himself working on a client while blindfolded, in his own version of the 'Bird Box Challenge.' The Bird Box Challenge stems from...
WorldNews - Front PageAlso reported by •Seattle Times

'Bird Box' gave 'Stranger Things' season 2 a run for its money as Netflix's biggest original in the first week

'Bird Box' gave 'Stranger Things' season 2 a run for its money as Netflix's biggest original in the first week
· 26 million US Netflix subscribers viewed "Bird Box" in its first seven days, according to Nielsen. · It's Netflix's second-biggest original program in the...
Business Insider - Technology

Nielsen confirms ‘Bird Box’ is a blockbuster for Netflix

“Bird Box” is a hit for Netflix Inc., Nielsen Holdings confirmed this week. The audience measurement firm reported that nearly 26 million unduplicated...
bizjournals - BusinessAlso reported by •NYTimes.comWorldNewsTamworth Herald

Bird Box Challenge: blindfolded sports stars kick and throw what they can’t see in tribute to Sandra Bullock hit horror flick

It’s the new fad sweeping the online world and it was only a matter of time before sports men and women would take up the “Bird Box Challenge”. Based on...
S.China Morning Post - Sports


Tweets about this

kayelleallen

Kayelle Allen Movie review: Bird Box https://t.co/q7vDbu9pKV via @aussiemoose https://t.co/dMy9mMu0Tz 20 minutes ago

GravyLiveKev

Kevin RT @FFFFPodcast: In our latest episode, we review not one, but two Bird Boxes with the Chicken Big Box meal from @kfc and the movie with th… 1 hour ago

jonahgking

J. King My review of Bird Box. Pretty mediocre movie. Sandra Bullock is good. So is Trevante Rhodes and Malkovich. The writ… https://t.co/TgEydAX6yf 2 hours ago

tevya_smolka

tevya smolka I liked a @YouTube video https://t.co/9gSbDRqtxA Bird Box - Review of the Netflix Hit Movie 6 hours ago

MG_WELLS

MG WELLS RT @BrianPiotrzkow1: Please check out my latest #review of the Netflix exclusive #horror #movie #birdbox. Thank you @Michaeldinich of @y… 8 hours ago

AmitKc57808210

Amit Kc I liked a @YouTube video https://t.co/j8re5EhfjV NETFLIX - BIRD BOX AND MOWGLI (Legend of the Jungle) | MOVIE REVIEW 8 hours ago

Lupdilup

lupdilup Movie review: Bird Box https://t.co/b9ccPxLqTl via @aussiemoose https://t.co/7lNG1vKchp 9 hours ago

peggy_jaeger

Peggy Jaeger Movie review: Bird Box https://t.co/LGOi0sqmen via @aussiemoose https://t.co/JzQ7Mt8iLb 9 hours ago


Other recent news in Entertainment

GHOSTBUSTERS: Original director's son Jason Reitman to direct new filmJASON REITMAN Confirms He's Making New 'Ghostbusters' Sequel for 2020 Release
ShowBiz Minute: RIHANNA, Ghostbusters, Hathaway"Ghostbusters 3" - cast: BILL MURRAY, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson
•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest