Bird Box (2018)
User ReviewsReview this title
I found the movie more or less. I find the script not the best. Besides that some scenes it presents are very unrealistic (as much as it is a movie). Sandra Bullock is a big actress for what this film was for and one was expected more.
Bullock puts in a good performance, as do some of the supporting cast. The sad thing is the story itself (or the delivery of it) falls short, which is why I've only given it 5/10.
Some characters were a tad bland but I enjoyed performances from John Malkovich and Sandra Bullock wasn't as bad as people have said.
I'd recommend it but keep your horror expectations low.
Soooo many questions: WTH is/are the monster/s? Why wasn't Sandra Bullock affected while in the car with Sarah Paulson? How much blocking of windows do they have to do in order for it to be effective? Why aren't they affected if so much light is showing through their blindfolds? How did they manage to walk through a forest while blindfolded? How did they manage to navigate that river for 36 hours without crashing? How did the Bird Box magically reappear after the crash in the rapids? How did Sandra Bullock and Danielle McDonald end up in labour at exactly the same time? Why didn't Sandra choose names for her kids?
But the biggest question is: How did that train-wreck of a script get OK'd?
This production had potential. It was terrible script-writing that derailed it.
With an interesting idea the movie starts, developing at a slow pace, but solid, with good performances by the cast, especially Bullock, which gives an interesting perspective to the tough girl but able to open her heart to those who deserve it, both their care and love.
The film is directed in a good way, with quite interesting and entertaining moments, although a narrative structure based mainly on flashbacks and memories that end up becoming a bit of overexposure, however, it gives a good idea about the main plot and the first days of the disaster. After this, the final act concentrates mainly on the present and takes us through the most tense moments of the film. Although it remains stable with all these aspects, I think it fails a lot in the logical aspect or at least the logical narrative, also becoming a little slow with the development of the 2nd act of the story, and I must say, that the movie really,is not scary, it can be tense and somewhat exciting, but I never had a sensation of terror while watching it.
Still, it was very entertaining and worthwhile for horror movie lovers.
This is a variation on The Happening with a touch of A Quiet Place. Here the thing about The Happening. I didn't hate it. Mark Wahlberg and the reveal almost get me to hate it but I like the concept just enough to overcome it. The mass suicide angle is good although the deaths in this one is much more kinetic and therefore much more harrowing. There are a few problem, the biggest being the structure. Basically, the flashforward structure reveals who are probably going to die. The movie should have started with Malorie laying out the rules but the audience cannot see who she's talking to. It should have played the movie chronologically after that. By revealing the final grouping, it sucks the tension right out of the movie. Along with that, there are issues with some of the characters' actions. Someone should be in the room with Greg ready to pull the plug on the monitor. He is basically performing an experiment and it needs someone else to monitor it. When the group decides to leave the grocery store, there is no reason why Douglas wouldn't want to stay. In fact, it would be easier to move the group to the store rather than the other way around. While I understand locking up Douglas, somebody is supposed to look through Gary's bag. At the very least, I would have tied up Gary and put him under questioning. When the girls start the contractions, somebody should release Douglas. They need another set of hands. Instead of braving the rapids, it would be safer to walk it, no matter how much longer it would take. Despite all these issues, I do find the concept very compelling and it pulls me into its world.
I don't know how good the novell is. This movie, however, was just bad. It was boring and lengthy. And Sandra Bullock's character was very obnoxious. Her "Boy? Girl? Boy-Girl? BOY-GIRL??!!?" calls still haunt me.
I also think the movie would have been better off if it is was just a shortfilm. The whole movie could have been boiled down just to the happenings in house. No windup, no sister-drama, no mass-panic, no river journey. Just the house, the people, the tension, the mystery, the crazy guy, the climax, END CREDITS.
I would really like to see a sequel that maybe expands on what we know so far about everything.