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Bird Box review – Sandra Bullock searches for sanctuary in this dark, fast-paced apocalyptic thriller.

 

Bird Box reviewBased on a recent popular novel of the same name, Bird Box throws Malorie (Sandra Bullock) and Tom (Trevante Rhodes) together in a horrifying, inexplicable and completely unexpected worldwide apocalypse in which birdsong is the key to survival. The Netflix original is by turns cliched and clever, which has generated a lot of squawking amongst genre buffs.

Directed by Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) and written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), Bird Box begins by giving us a glimpse into the life of artist and single mom-to-be Malorie, who is on her way to a check-up when the globe is suddenly propelled into pandemonium—people near and far start committing suicide on a massive scale, sending survivors into sheer panic. Heavily pregnant Malorie is forced to seek shelter at the nearest door. The place belongs to wealthy jerk Douglas (John Malkovich), who gets testier by the minute as his home fills with terrified tenants.

Malorie comes to realize that the seemingly supernatural force responsible for the chaos can only hurt people if it’s seen, and at the same time notices that whenever the malevolent presence is around, birds go batty. She breaks out the blindfold and the bluebirds and faces the evil head-on. But first, she has to give birth.

Fans of science fiction will appreciate the layers of social, political, and spiritual nuance, while horror hounds will enjoy the spine-tingling suspense of the mystery. Having said that, all these elements do make for muddled storytelling and a few unanswered questions in the end. But that’s okay—Bird Box offers a top-flight cast, eerie visuals, and an unsettling score by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Recommended.

Rated R
2 Hours 4 Minutes

If this Bird Box review inspires you to see it, stream it any time of the day or night on Netflix.

Bird Box review – Sandra Bullock searches for sanctuary in this dark, fast-paced apocalyptic thriller.

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Staci Layne Wilson is an accomplished writer / director / producer / film critic and the author the bestseller So L.A. - A Hollywood Memoir. Find her on StaciLayneWilson.com

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