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Bird Box Review
Bird Box is a 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Eric Heisserer. It is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. It stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson. Bird Box was distributed by Netflix.
When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman (Bullock) and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they'll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them and complete the trip blindfolded.
Bird Box was a very intriguing film that had a great premise, but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed. Bird Box did a lot of things well, but it also left a lot to be desired.
I thought Bier did a great job with the directing. The cinematography is also very well done. The main problem I had with the film was the story. For the most part, it isn't very cliched, but it's also not very original. Bird Box played it way too safe.
The middle really feels like it's dragging on, and there's a severe lack of tension. Bird Box is a horror film that isn't scary, and a thriller that lacks any real thrills. I thought it worked best as a drama. The characters are definitely the best part of this film.
Bird Box isn't a bad film, but it's also not a great one.
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I thought the acting was great, especially from Bullock. She gives a great performance. A lot of the film relies on her, and she delivers. I also thought Rhodes did a great job. I also really enjoyed Malkovich. The rest of the cast did solid, but they ultimately get lost within the film.
The plot is where this film starts to fall apart. They rely way too heavily on the premise alone and it just isn't enough. This is a very slow film. Except for the first 20 minutes, this film really dragged on, and the lack of real tension didn't help.
One thing I really didn't like was that the "monster" wasn't very consistent. At first, it's revealed that if you see them you commit suicide, but halfway through it changes. We find out that some people just go crazy and they want others to look at the "monsters," but it changes again.
I really liked the way the story was told. I thought the execution was done nicely. It tells Bullock's character's story from both the present and past. I thought the two stories were intertwined nicely with one another.
The biggest problem with Bird Box is that it feels kinda boring. There's a lot of sitting around, and the pacing is very slow. There isn't a moment in the film that makes you get on the edge of your seat after the first 20 minutes. At the end, they really try to force the tension. There's an increase in noise and they turn up the volume on the music, but it never really amounts to anything. The climax really falls flat and feels underwhelming.
Bird Box had an intriguing premise but it never reaches its full potential. It is a very well-shot film with some truly beautiful cinematography and some great acting all around. However, the film severely lacks any type of tension. Add in the very slow pacing and Bird Box comes off as a very boring film that never really amounts to anything.
Bullock's performance isn't enough to save Bird Box from being anything other than an alright film. It isn't a great film, but it also isn't a bad one. I think there's enough positive to make Bird Box justifiable, but it can never break free from being a very slow, alright thriller.
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