Birds! In Boxes!
BQB here with a review of the Netflix film, “Bird Box.”
Is it a zombie movie? No. It’s somewhat reminiscent of that genre, but also different entirely.
The delightful Sandra Bullock plays Malorie, an expecting pregnant mother (your guess is good as mine because I love Sandy but I assumed her vag had gone sandy years ago but maybe not. You never know.)
On her way home from a doctor visit, there’s an outbreak of some kind of mysterious force that causes people to commit suicide. The film establishes all sorts of rules, the most pertinent being that people can’t be outside without a blindfold on. If they stay indoors, they’re fine, but outside, if their eyes are open then they’ll see something that will make them kill themselves in the most violent, terrifying ways possible, often taking out others with them along the way.
Meanwhile, birds serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine as they serve as early warning systems, freaking out in their cages and letting humans know that evil is afoot.
Sandy ends up in a house full of survivors, so there’s a bit of a “Walking Dead” feel for a bit. Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich, B.D. Wong, Trevante Rhodes and others round out the cast. They go on typical supply runs, somehow managing to navigate the outside world with their eyes closed.
Eventually, Sandy has to make a blind river run in a rowboat with two kids in tow, an unlikely task if there ever was one.
Overall, it’s a good flick. Scary. Has a less is more vibe. It’s less about CGI monsters and gore and more about seeing people’s reactions to the evil playing out before them. The first few minutes where chaos breaks out really set the scene and get the film moving.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Check it out on Netflix.