Release year: 2018
Director: Susanne Bier
Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer, Josh Malerman (based on the novel by)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Jackie Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery
An unseen presence drives anyone who sees it to suicide. Pregnant Malorie (Bullock) finds refuge in a house with a group of people. Together to try to adjust to a new life for humans.
Bird Box isn’t your average monster horror in the sense that, like the survivors, we don’t really see the monsters. This leaves the story to be character driven and focusing on the psychologic aspect of being in the situation, and here Bird Box succeeds in exploring human nature. The success is mainly caused by an excellent cast, lead by Bullock who proved her ability to blossom in with restriction in Gravity (2013). Though the entire cast does a great job, Bullock leads the way with her strong and collected mother-to-be and she is a pleasure to follow on her path to safety. Joyfully the heroine takes sane choices, which brings believability to a story whose atmospheric style crawls under your skin and keeps you attached to the characters.
The film sparked a trend of people trying to travel a distance while blindfolded, both indoors and outdoors. When videos started appearing on social media of people bumping into objects and hurting themselves, Netflix issued a statement to discourage viewers from taking what was known as the “Bird Box challenge.”