Bird Box (2018) – Just Close Your Eyes

Netflix just announced via Twitter to not to hurt yourselves with the Bird Box challenge. In addition, “Bird Box” became one of the Netflix movies that were reported to be the biggest seven-day viewership for its original films with over 45 million accounts. This claim was then met with skepticism from analysts. The internet has gone out of nuts when it comes to memes. Just amazing how this average movie got a lot of attention. It’s mixed with a lot of reaction. Some people love it and some people don’t. Not to mention, Susanne Bier’s “Bird Box” is based on a novel with the same name written by Josh Malerman. However, the film was just worked two years after the book was written in 2014.

Anyway, “Bird Box” is actually not a completely new idea. “A Quiet Place” is one of the films that soared the popularity of the movie. Indeed, not using the same two concepts but rather similar. In addition, “The Happening” directed by M. Night Shyamalan is one of the films that used the same idea as well. Suicide is often revealed to be a depression. However, both films offer a concept of suicide with different causes. Stephen King’s “The Mist” also shares the same concept mainly with this film. It’s also unique. Of course, also, applies to this film.

“Bird Box” uses intermediaries two time periods after five years post-apocalyptic and the first days it all start. It opens with a horror impression but actually, this is not a horror movie. Sandra Bullock as Malorie is a loner. She is busier opening her gallery space and describing absurd stories through a painting. Besides, she is not in touch with reality anymore. After letting her sister Sarah Paulson as Jessica take care of all these things, it happened five years ago. Tragically killed, Malorie has now to survive with all her shortcomings by taking care of a boy and girl.

Cross a heavy current river. Trying to survive among uncertain deaths. Looking for a new life. Looking for other people who still survive today. Like a bird in a cage, Malorie stands up between sadness and death. Even worse, they have to go through it with their eyes closed. An invisible monster can “kill” you slowly. But, more makes you choose to suicide. There is no cause and no explanation. All are based on the interpretation of each how the events go on.

At first, the movie got me a lot of attention. It has a nice shot and there is a lot of confusion. It makes me watch more with all of my friends. I want to explore more. The first day of the accident has a huge potential and suspense. It really portrayed the chaos of mass suicides of the world. There is a lot to see in this period, oncoming traffic, terrifying, and messed up. Sure, there is a lot of CGI load. We often see it but it’s okay. It’s not an actual matter.

This film is not entirely horror but more of thriller and drama. Not fully offering or rather focusing on one genre, there is many reaction and anxiety to the audience. My main problem with this movie is the intermediary of five years before and after. This made the film lose its build-up, it was monotonous and dull. As an audience, we just don’t really care about fate other than the main character. We only care about how she survived. Other main characters don’t really attach too much attention. We only know that they ultimately didn’t survive. So, there is no twist or anything to support the development character. It’s just except for the main character.

I just love how the movie ends. In the end, there is a lot of symbolism put in it. A lot of people don’t really like the ending. For me, I like it. Not as a whole, it adds more to this. There are many fan theories about that. Of course, what is the true figure of those invisible creatures? Who are they? Why can they change human stance? What is the past? Or anything? It was then returned from the point of view’s audience. Even though like that, “Bird Box” presents a fairly superficial story when talking about narrative. The conflict can be fairly standard. It’s the same as post-apocalyptic films in general.

“Bird Box” is a refreshing thriller movie full of tense, action sequence, and CGI. All of the characters face their toughest fears without relying on logic and sense. The cinematography is decent. Just quite good for the most part. The problems are the actor and the screenplay. I’m just a little disappointed with the performance of the actors. The cast is brilliant. There are Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and even Machine Gun Kelly. The dialogue is flat. There is no in-depth character. If only the movie is fully supported in this aspect, “Bird Box” will feel like a mass suicides movie.

Overall, “Bird Box” is able to show a post-apocalyptic with a different perspective. The use of intermediary period just seems like a gimmick. It makes the movie quite predictable and there is no build-up. For thrillers, the impression is not too thrilling. Quite clear but not in a fast-paced. The actors are brilliant but the screenplay is flat. John Malkovich even became part of comedy itself. He still shows his sides of sarcastic just like his other films. Just close your eyes. Watching “Bird Box” is a spectacle for the most popular official streaming service today.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

2 thoughts on “Bird Box (2018) – Just Close Your Eyes

  • January 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve been curious about this one and I’ll probably check it out at some point. The reviews of it are very mixed though.

    • January 6, 2019 at 6:08 am

      It’s actually a decent movie. It’s better to watch it together with friends. Try it. 🙂


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