Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
Director: Susanne Bier
REVIEW BY JEREMIAH
The comparisons to A Quiet Place are unavoidable (heck, there's even a plot device that revolves around a pregnancy), but I think a notable distinction between the two which allows Bird Box to not feel quite so redundant, is that this Netflix feature has a little more in the way of—for lack of a better word—bark. People die, lots of 'em, horribly even, and there's almost no flinching away from it. As a result, Bird Box (and the world it lives in) feels more oppressive, more dangerous. Though sadly, a lot of its choices for thrilling drama end up as nothing more than low hanging fruit, which invariably means there isn't much actual bite to match.
Another distinction is that Bird Box shows very little when it comes to the actual threat itself, which sorta kinda works, but also sorta kinda doesn't. While I appreciate not being spoon fed information, I also wish whatever bit we were allowed to see was, well, scarier. I mean, unless you consider strong wind and a mild overcast to be the stuff of nightmares, you're not going to have a hard to sleeping after the film ends.
But it's good. Better than most Netflix original horror outings (I know I know, low bar) and does an admirable job thriving on the drama created from its premise. Drama that's propelled by solid performances from a nicely varied cast of "hey I recognize that person"-listers and lead by an also solid turn-in from Sandra Bullock. If you dug A Quiet Place, you'll dig this.
If not, you still might.