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Review: Bird Box

bird-box-poster-405x600Bird Box was something I decided to check out when I had a rare few hours to burn when I wasn’t writing.  I had heard about the stupid challenge people have been getting hurt doing, and figured I’d check out the source material.

As far as a movie with suspense, this has plenty of it.  There’s a good dynamic of flashback and present telling that make it flow well.  I was hooked in the first five minutes.  Sandra Bullock and cast really made the film, and I felt for the child actors involved.  It was an emotionally charged plot.

The story itself was decent enough, but I feel it fell flat in a few places.  There really was no explanation as to what the “creatures” were other than the aspiring author character’s thoughts on it.  That wasn’t presented as fact, so you are just left assuming he knew all about it.  Why were some people committing suicide, while others were trying to convince people to open their minds to the “demons?”  Again… there was no explanation for this.

Despite that, there was enough to keep me interested all the way until the credits rolled.  The ending itself was a little underwhelming.  Without explanations and too many questions left up in the air, I desired to see one of these things.  Obviously the directors chose not to show because for the characters, they all saw something different.  It just had too abrupt an ending with loose ends obviously designed to rope in enough interest for a sequel.

If you’re bored and want something interesting, then this is a must see, but if you’re looking for closure and something substantial, then I’d skip it.  I give Bird Box a 2.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings, which would have lost another point if the acting wasn’t so superb.

What were your thoughts?  Comment below.

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4 responses

  1. Jules

    First off, I absolutely LOVE Sandra Bullock. I happened to see her guest appearance on Ellen and she gave a great synopsis of the movie with details of what it was like to film it. I hadn’t seen the movie yet but was hearing all the hype so of course, I was even more curious.

    I was drawn in immediately by her intense talk with her two children at the very beginning. She really stressed the importance of them understanding and doing everything she told them to do…which set the tone for the movie.

    There were moments when they were all together in the old man’s house that gave me feelings of mistrust about the charachters. The suspense was continuous throughout the entire movie.

    I grew to like every character…even during the moments when they were unlikable. I felt compassion and empathy for them all. This movie really affected my emotions.

    I agree with you about the ending…I found it to be enlightening that they were lead to a place that was left untouched by the evil that they escaped from. A new beginning…a chance to start over where she and her children could begin to heal and experience all of the beauty life has to offer in a new life, surrounded by innocence. A place that was left untainted. I took away a feeling of good overcoming evil. Sometimes we don’t get all the answers to our questions in life and we just have to have faith that we don’t always need to know everything. Theoose ends leave the audience to come to their own conclusions. We all see things differently. In my opinion, the ending could symbolize heaven. Everything before where they ended up symbolized our lives here in this world. We live with imperfections, tragedies, good, evil, hatred, illness, etc. in this life/ world. But when our lives here end, there may be a better place where we continue on that is full of nothing but unconditional love, peace and kindness for eternity.

    January 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    • I love your take on the ending and the symbolism. One of the big loose ends that bothers me though is are these people really safe? There were people in the woods trying to “enlighten” the world to these visions, and they are still out there. So my thought is that if Sandra Bullock’s characters found the refuge, it’s only a matter of time before the others do as well. It’s a safe place, but not a safe place in reality. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      January 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm

  2. The opening scene on the boat revealed too much and killed a lot of tension early on. Weird decision to do the film in a flash forward and flashback style.

    January 22, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    • That was a strange decision. By the time you are into the second part of the flashback you start to realize the people on the boat were most likely the only survivors of the main cast.

      January 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

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