Every once in a while a movie comes along that is easy to watch and makes you think. It is because this combination of entertainment and enlightenment is so rare that it is important for us to make note of it when it happens.
Bird Box is one of those movies. And, hopefully, one of those books – I’ll let you know when I read it.
Don’t get me wrong, when I first saw the promo for it on Netflix I scrunched up my face like I had eaten something bad and thought, ‘Huh?’. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to watch it, but I very rarely pass up a post-apocalyptic movie so I said okay.
The cast and acting were awesome – Girl has a very bright future ahead of her. The writing and story were well-paced and I think very timely. And, yes, it was suspenseful and scary. There were a couple of scenes that I would call gruesome, but this is definitely not a slasher film. In fact, I’m not even sure it falls into the horror genre. I’m not sure what category I would put it in other than a damn good film.
You may be wondering if I am ever going to get around to telling you what the movie is actually about. If you’ve read my other reviews then you know I’m not big on giving a plot point-by-plot point analysis. And I never give away the ending. So you may come away a bit frustrated from this post if that’s what you’re looking for.
All I can tell you is that if you’ve ever found yourself in a situation you don’t really want to be in but step up and do the right thing anyway you will find yourself in this film. If you’ve ever not wanted to trust another human being but took that leap and was pleasantly surprised this is the film for you. And vice versa.
Cause let’s face it, if there was ever a time when people are going to treat you like shit and disappoint you it’s going to be when civilization and the world end as we know it.
Really, no surprise there…
This story – I’m hoping the book actually delves a little deeper on this point – is about when obligation becomes opportunity, when a right becomes a privilege, when a defect becomes a gift. It’s all about perspective…
So if you’re on the fence about this one I say watch it. You may have a very different take on it, but I think you’ll find something about it to like. And if you’re anything like me your mind will keep coming back to it days, if not hours later.