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Birdbox Enters the Nest With Mixed Reviews

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By Ashley Wilhelm, Ola High School

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Much anticipated suspense thriller “Birdbox” returns to the nest with a whopping 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and in this case, I’d have to agree with these overly picky movie critics. The film directed by Susanne Bier and based off the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman has been the love or hate movie of the holiday season.

Not even award-winning actress, Sandra Bullock (Malorie), can save this hot mess of a movie. The film follows single mother, Malorie, and two children, Boy and Girl, fighting for their lives behind a blindfold, desperately trying to find serenity at the end of the river. The blindfolds are an attempt to avoid the supernatural beings that bring death to those who see them.

Viewers, such as myself, found the awkward flips back and forth between past and present to be difficult to follow. Though I understand that the movie needs to explain how Malorie and the kids first learned of the underwhelming apocalyptic monsters I feel as if the transitions could have been smoother.

After watching the film, I did ample research on it and found that the background of the movie was much more interesting than the film itself. Research revealed that the characters were being led by ‘blind’ faith. While everyone else in the film was persuaded by the temptation by the entities, Malorie nor the kids ever took their blindfolds off to give into them that is the deeper meaning behind the sanctuary at the end. The sanctuary is actually a school for the blind and that represents blind faith as well.

Seeing that the film was adapted by Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nomination for adapting sci-fi masterpiece “Arrival” (2016), definitely disappointed me with the low quality that this film was.

The film ended with many unanswered questions and did not feel finished. The ending was in no way a cliffhanger, and I would have sat through another fifteen minutes just to get some clarity about some key things such as;  how did they still have electricity all of this time? With all of the mass suicides on the road, one of them was bound to cut off the electricity leaving Malorie and the gang of survivors without heat. And where did the couple go in the car? They never gave us closure so we are to assume that they eventually died.

All in all, if anyone was on the fence about seeing this messily put together movie I would instead send you to instead watch “A Quiet Place”, “The Blair Witch Project”, or even “Arrival”.

Rating: 5.5/10

Main issue: Emotional scene gave me little to no character development.

This story was originally published on Hoof Print on January 7, 2019.

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