What You Can’t See, Can Hurt You.

As a child, one is taught that hiding under a blanket will not make the monsters go away. In the NETFLIX film Bird Box, this warning is not only flipped 360; it is a key to absolute survival.

When the world around mother-of-two, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock), is turned upside down, she must fight tooth and nail to keep her loved ones safe from belligerent, unknown monsters.

Following their mother’s exact instructions, Boy (Julian Edwards) and Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair) are, under no circumstance, to take off their blindfolds.

Utter chaos ensues immediately within the first few minutes with characters believing the strange phenomenon is the result of chemical warfare produced by the Russians. However, as the film unfolds, a more sinister force becomes known. Being exposed to once normal surroundings is no longer safe; even a peek from behind a blindfold can be fatal. Blindfolds provide the most protection as they cling to the person’s head, allowing them to use both hands in either scavenging or combat.

This movie, while it feels like a close relative to A Quiet Place, certainly has its own type of charm. The way the characters interact with each other portrays a sense of reality if such a dire situation were to occur. One can clearly see the love or even disdain the characters hold for each other. In scenes, it’s heartbreaking to watch as options dwindle to cruel actions in order to live.

A common occurrence and theme in this intriguing film would be the color blue. In many of the scenes, there is rarely an object without it in the frame. Perhaps the color symbolizes the sorrow felt by the characters as they are deprived of one of the most crucial senses–their sight. However, interpretation is up to the viewers to truly decide.

Normally, music and lighting can make or break the atmosphere of a movie; even if it’s just a fraction off, such technicalities will make a vast difference. Bird Box completely knocks this aspect out of the park with its phenomenal song and environment choices. The film’s diverse lighting and soundtrack make the entire experience so much more engaging and thought out.  At one point in the Netflix film, the scene is filled with a blinding light, expressing how powerful the sun is when the characters return from their self-inflicted darkness.

Overall, Bird Box makes a strong and long lasting impression on a wide scale. While fans are encouraged to show their support for Susanne Bier and her incredible motion masterpiece, it is strongly advised to refrain from reenacting the scenes within the film for safety reasons. Each of the actors has practiced and been trained to be visually-hindered for Bird Box. After all, Malorie and her children have had five years of living without their vision; they know what they’re doing.

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