Flaws Shine through the Birdcage: Bird Box Review

Daniel O'Neill

Bird Box is one of the last movies to come out in 2018, and it doesn’t disappoint. There are many things that work in this movie and many things that fall flat on their face.

The start of Bird Box is a fantastic, thrilling experience that makes the viewer interested in the world, but once you get a little more than three quarters in with the film it starts to become predictable, slow and leaves a lot to be desired. It’s hard to make a post-apocalyptic movie feel unique because they mostly all feel like the same movie with the same plot: survive. Though Bird Box does manage to feel unique until the lower half of the film, it is more interesting as a world than a movie. It’s like Harry Potter or Star Wars— I’m more interested in the world and how it works than the actual story. This is all thanks to Josh Malerman, who actually wrote the book Bird Box is based on.

The plot is pretty basic: For some random reason, invisible creatures have been unleashed on the world and if anyone looks into their eyes they will see their worst and most horrific nightmare. The nightmare is so bad that it makes people want to kill themselves, they now have to live in a world with no sight at all. Amid this chaos is Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, who is learning to accept the responsibilities of motherhood, which at times is the only reason to keep watching this movie at the end.

The actors in Bird Box include big-name stars like Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, and so many more. The writing in this movie is a little lackluster, but the actors and the effort that there putting in incredible. Every scene Sandra Bullock is in she steals the show from else everything going on and since she’s the main character of the movie she’s in the majority of the scenes.

Bird Box is an interesting movie. It’s a good movie to see with friends and talk about, but upon looking deeper into the film, it really starts to shows its flaws.