Bird Box

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Bird Box

Emma Ollis

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When a mysterious entity, which first manifested itself in Eastern Europe and Russia, quickly turns up in the United States and tries to annihilate the human population only one thing remains undoubtable- if you see it, you die. The survivors of the apocalypse must avoid coming face to face with this dark force that makes them see their worst fears and then results in causing them to commit suicide. A mother and her children embark on a dangerous, life-saving journey, but with one big complication- they are blindfolded.

Bird Box, directed by Susanne Bier, is a post-apocalyptic thriller based off a novel written by Josh Malerman. The action begins as soon-to-be mother Mallorie, played by Sandra Bullock, takes cover in a nice house owned by misanthropic intellectual Douglas (John Malkovich) and a rogue’s gallery of  misfits, including: Douglas’s gay neighbor (BD Wong), a young cop-in-training (Rosa Salazar), the funny grocery store clerk (Lil Rel Howery), the good-hearted war veteran leader (Trevante Rhodes), a kind elderly woman (Jacki Weaver), and a rapper played by Machine Gun Kelly.  Viewers experience a jam-packed plot with incredible actors and actresses, an intriguing storyline, and several lovable characters, many of whom experience tear-jerking deaths.

Sandra Bullock’s acting represents one of the best parts of this thriller; she takes all these internalized fears and crafts a character who has already disconnected from emotion. Many parts of filming consisted of Bullock navigating and acting while actually blindfolded. “We did have Sandy hitting the camera,” Bier explained, “The camera was sort of moving and she was moving, and we had such a great operator who most of the time had this weird dance with her where she was blindfolded and they were both moving around each other. And one time he just got too close.”  Bullock’s character, Malorie, amplified the excitement of the movie. She attempts the horrifying job of taking care of her child, Boy, and another fallen characters child, Girl, blindfolded. Malorie, Boy, and Girl embarked on a dangerous journey for over forty-eight hours through the woods and down the river to find the one place that may possibly offer a sanctuary. She endured many obstacles and still persevered to protect herself and all the other characters.

Overall, this movie takes viewers on a heart-palpitating, tear-jerking, intense psychological journey. At times, the plot thickens, but at others, remains quiet. Much like the film’s creatures, it digs into our deepest human fears and opens a world that lives in that fear.