• Gareth Crook

Birdbox (2018)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

So I finally bit the bullet the other day and signed up to Netflix to watch Bandersnatch. Pretty disappointed to find that there’s not that many other films on there I want to watch though. 1 out of 40 on my watchlist, worse than Amazon Prime. Anyway there’s been a lot of chatter about Bird Box and I love John Malkovich so it seemed worth a go. It feels very much like A Quite Place, but not quite as good. That’s not to say it’s bad though, it’s nice and tense, with plenty of creepy moments. Where A Quite Place succeeds with its simplicity, Bird Box feels a bit more convoluted though, relying on flashbacks for backstory. That it all happens in daylight does add to the unease and thankfully it relies less on the supernatural and more on the fear of danger felt by the characters. The scenes in the city are nice, post apocalyptic, but the scenes on the river, where things are stripped back, the story simpler, purer, so much better. Malkovich is great and Bullock very good too, but I’m not sold on Netflix.

7/10


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