Listen to me, we’re going on a trip now, it’s going to be rough. If you hear something in the woods, you tell me. If you hear something in the water, you tell me. But under no circumstances are you allowed to take off your blindfold.
Bird Box was a movie I randomly picked to watch. I hadn’t seen the trailers, the memes or anything else at that time. So I wandered unawares into a movie which looked promising. The movie starts off with Sandra Bullock’s character Mallory talking sternly to two children, warning them about a journey ahead of them that sounds like no fun. The children are told to be aware of their surroundings, but with emphasis, to never take off their blindfold.
We are then brought back to the beginning of these events. It seems that once a person sees these unknown beings, they instantly go mad and harm themselves severely, seeking to end their own lives. No peeking, or certain death will occur. There have been many comparisons between Bird Box and A Quiet Place. I would be lying if I did not say that A Quiet Place was also on my mind when I watched Bird Box. Where the monsters of A Quiet Place rely on sound and hearing, the monsters of Bird Box (which unseen, are actually a tad bit creepier) relies on people seeing them.
Bird Box is thrilling, and definitely lives up to the genre. It features a lot of creepy scenes, and does show the problems that arise from paranormal beings as well as the complications of human nature. What I found particularly exciting about Bird Box is that from the beginning, I already knew, perhaps subconsciously, that Mallory and the children will make it, to whatever safe haven they think they are heading off to. The exciting thing was the questions that the movie made the audience think along the way. Are they really heading of to safe place, or is it a lie? If it is a lie, what will they find there? They will make the journey, yes, but what sacrifices will they have to make along the way? Will they survive unscathed? And of course, all the time we’re left wondering when the monsters will make an appearance.
I gave Bird Box 3 stars instead of 3.5 or 4, because although I liked this movie, it had plot holes (although arguably from the characters’s point of views, the plot holes have to stay open because they have no idea what is going on, not exactly unlike the audience. And also, their main concern is survival). It was a good enough movie, but personally, it was just that. A good enough movie.