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Bird Box is understandably getting comparisons to A Quiet Place and while the book Bird Box is based on predates A Quiet Place, the success of A Quiet Place certainly helped this one get made. Bird Box is essentially a less satisfying version of A Quiet Place where everyone wears blindfolds instead of not talking. Bird Box has a legitimate cast, so it's disappointing to see how quickly they waste their talents. Aside from the terrible child actors, everyone is at least decent. Sandra Bullock phones in a passable (if erratic) performance and I recognized quite a few of the others. The cinematography is fine, although nothing fun or special, the sets look good enough, and the technical elements are all fine. The only real issue is the story, and it's a very big issue. The story itself is boring and drags 60% of the time. The characters are all underdeveloped and no one gets a proper send off. Everything about the plot is just lazy. The worst part of all of it is that the logistics of the monster(?) make absolutely no sense and are wildly inconsistent. It's hard to voice my issues without spoiling anything, but the writers clearly didn't think any farther than "You see thing you kill yourself". This is literally the entirety of the developments on the monster. I'm not even sure it is a monster or a physical thing at all and the monster's motives are never touched on. It doesn't seem to want to consume people because it has people kill themselves in buildings as well as outside. I can't even figure out how it could be "feeding" off fear or energy or anything. The mechanics don't make any sense either. From what everyone in the movie knows, the monster doesn't physically do anything to people. It has some sense of intelligence as it somehow knows what will trigger people to off themselves and tracks people down. Yet, Sandra Bullock is convinced that they need to be quiet all the time and if you suddenly stop, it can't find you. It seems the thing (things?) are everywhere and there is no reason to believe that being quiet is going to help and certainly it isn't just movement that they sense. There is a later development that throws even further problems into the mix. It makes zero sense. It drudges along for two hours, really only developing that Sandra Bullock's character is a piece of shit and that the writers don't even know anything about the monsters, and pulls in to an ending that just kills the entire build. It just wasn't worth it. Had this been a theatrical film, I feel like people would be much less forgiving. Even though we didn't pay anything beyond our Netflix subscription, it gave them two hours of my life and they gave me a half-assed mess. I haven't read the book, so I can't say for sure that the Eric Heisserer's script is the issue, but this movie has an interesting premise that someone clearly gave up on right after they though of it.
By : Greg Mueller | Date : 5 months ago