For real, that’s what my family did on Christmas Evening. I don’t even know how we got onto Bird Box, only that it looked scary and somehow when one of my sisters took control of the remote and decided it needed watching, no one really argued.
We embraced our Christmas spirit, yeah?
So I’ve always said that I am a raging wuss when it comes to horror, be it books or movies, I’m surprised I sat through this without cringing in fear. The movie itself is based on a book — which I haven’t read and honestly, really have no plans to. The movie was quite enough.
So the movie: it’s dual timelines, set just before these entities (which we never see, and that actually makes things worse) start causing mass suicides. Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is heavily pregnant, and recovering from a bad break-up to boot, which makes her entirely ambivalent about her pregnancy, I think, and that all becomes moot when you know the world changes.
She finds herself stuck in a house, with several other people who are all strangers to each other just trying to figure out how to survive. As a result, we get to know a whole host of characters, all struggling to make sense of how their world has changed and to come to terms with it. All they can do is wait for more information and at some point, it becomes about living in this new world of theirs.
Tom, a construction worker and former soldier, takes charge of the household and eventually leads them on a supply run in which they have to face the horrors of those people who have seen the entities and survived. It’s as horrifying as those who committed suicide.
At the same time we learn what happened in the past, we follow Mal and two children down a river to what they hope is a safe haven. Mal is harder than she is in the past, and her instructions to her children are almost cruel. When we meet her in the past, she’s already jaded, but what caused this hardness? Besides, you know the obvious of being responsible for two children and getting them to safety.
I know I thought it was a stupid question when it popped into my head and then, well we see what happens to cause Mal to end up on a boat, with two kids.
The terrifying thing about this movie is what we don’t see, and the filmmakers do a fabulous job of maintaining tension and even increasing it all the way up in ways I did not expect through the movie. The atmosphere of fear, of waiting to see if these entities are present, while the characters are blindfolded was awfully creepy and that had my heart in my mouth!
What did you think of Bird Box?