Director: Susanne Brier
Writer: Eric Heisserer
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
Based upon the novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, Bird Box follows Malorie (Bullock) and a small group of survivors who band together to navigate their way through a world plunged into chaos as an unstoppable force mysteriously drives people into crazed, violent suicides.
Unexplainable mass suicides break out all across Europe and the world is left in ruins. Malorie and the other survivors quickly learn that the only way to combat the looming threat is to keep their eyes covered at all times while out in the open. If you dare to take a look, something gains control and you die. It’s a great premise, but the problem with Bird Box is that it stretches itself far too thin, and much of it feels far too familiar.
Comparisons to M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening (2008) are inevitable, but placing Bird Box in the same league as that disaster would be unfair. The film begins strongly as we are thrown into an exciting and hectic opening as we follow Malorie throughout the chaos as it unfolds before her eyes.
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