Today I am going to be reviewing a newish movie that I am sure you have heard of. This January, Netflix released the thrilling, creepy, action-packed movie starring Sandra Bullock: Bird Box.
The movie centers around a woman named Malorie, who is giving sharp orders to a little boy and girl as she rows a boat (blindfolded!) in the opening scene. From the moment the movie begins, viewers are captivated, confused, and certainly on edge. Who is this woman? Why are they blindfolded? Where are they going- and what are they trying to escape from?
Rewind to five years earlier- a pregnant Malorie visits the doctor with her sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson) when a mysterious force hits the area. No one knows exactly what the force is- but it is though to be some sort of evil spirit that drives people to kill themselves. People are seen hurling themselves out of windows, crashing their cars, and running out in front of moving vehicles seconds after viewing the force.
As if this wasn’t creepy enough, the victims seemed to-enjoy it? When they saw the force, their eyes widened, and they looked as though they were talking to their dead loved ones. Once they were possessed by this feeling, there was no stopping them from committing the horrible act.
Luckily for us, Malorie somehow survives through the chaos by covering her eyes and running into a nearby house, where other survivors stayed as well. They were forced to cover all the windows and avoid looking outside at all costs.
However, this does not solve all of their problems. Once the force captures certain people, they can attempt to get others to look at the force, too. If just one person was let into the house who was possessed, everyone would be put in danger. Yet, an even more pertinent issue to the house was obtaining enough food to survive after they ran out.
While all of this is occurring, viewers are given small glances into the present, as Malorie and the kids are seen navigating with blindfolds, presumably to avoid being possessed. Where they are going remains a mystery until the end of the movie- and will remain a mystery here, too, because spoilers are the worst.
Without giving anything else away, all I can say is that Bird Box is a movie that actually lives up to the hype surrounding it. It was thrilling to watch, keeping me on the edge of my seat up until the very end. For people who enjoy paranormal, futuristic, and unsettling movies, this one’s for you. There is a bit of violence, a bit of discomfort, but that to me is what made this movie so interesting.
Plus, the movie has generated lots of buzz on social media and has created several memes. If you want to stay updated on pop culture and watch a great movie, then I would definitely recommend Bird Box!