Bird Box blinds critics with record setting opening week


Netflix film “Bird Box” set a new record with 45 million streams in the first week of its release. It included many stars like Sandra Bullock (Malorie), Trevante Rhodes (Tom), John Malkovich (Douglas), Sarah Paulson (Jessica), as well as famous music artist Machine Gun Kelly (Felix). It was directed by Susanne Bier and written by Eric Heisserer. It is a post-apocalyptic horror film and comes in around the two-hour mark. The movie takes place in three different time spans: the start of the problem, the birth of the children, and the present day.

This film follows a woman, Malorie, and her kids as they try to escape mysterious creatures, who, when seen, make you commit suicide. When this mysterious force makes it way to the United States, it forces the country into a total panic. After seeking safety, Malorie and her kids embark on a life-threatening adventure in hope for a new life. Their journey will take them through treacherous waters, and thick forest as they try to accomplish this impossible task blindfolded.

One thing that really pushed this movie over the top was the acting. Sandra Bullock and Trevante Rhodes were phenomenal in this film while selling the overall aspect of the movie. One scene where the acting really stood out was when Malorie had to protect herself and the newborn babies from a psychopath attempting to kill them. She showed tons of emotion and genuinely seemed like she was protecting her own children. Another reason this movie was so exceptional was the setting. In every scene, you could feel the suspense and fear just by the background.

In my opinion, “Bird Box” was a great movie and definitely deserved all the streams it got. However other reviewers like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb did not think as highly of the movie, as it received a 64% and a 6.7/10 respectively. If you are a fan of thrillers or suspenseful movies I would unquestionably recommend this movie, and even if you’re not a fan of these types of movies, it is still a great watch.