Film is a very divisive medium. Like anything else, it’s all subjective; you either like it or dislike it. Sometimes, you even fall in the middle.
But, few films have split opinion so aggressively as the Netflix original, Bird Box. It seems to be a case of Marmite; you’ll either love it or hate it.
An unexplained supernatural force has taken hold of America, causing people to see an invisible presence which makes them commit suicide. Malorie (Sandra Bullock) has to transport herself and two children to a safe haven while blindfolded.
Bird Box is an incredibly slow paced movie, but it has to be to work. The film is all about tension and characterisation. It’s about survival. If you’re after an action movie or scary jumps, then move on. This ain’t the film for you.
Despite being top billed, Sandra Bullock isn’t really the star of the film. It’s more of an ensemble piece, with every actor and actress deserving mention and each of merit. John Malkovich is particularly good as a pain in the arse survivor. Sarcastic and ignorant, Malkovich is enjoyably unlikeable and makes you want to give him a slapping.
But, Bird Box isn’t totally original. There are echoes of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and plays like it too, albeit with a more serious tone and not as ridiculous, but even that had its moments.
Bird Box is a breath of fresh air among the questionable output that Netflix has produced as of late. Suspenseful, dramatic, at times funny, Susanne Bier’s adaptation of Josh Malerman’s novel is an engrossing and thrilling movie that is better than you would be led to believe.