By Sean Gardner
In the last few years, Netflix has taken a huge leap forward as a legitimate movie studio. With award level films like Beasts of No Nation a few years ago, Mudbound last year, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma this year, it’s only a matter of time before a Netflix film gets nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, with wins sure to follow.
The new thriller Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock fits right in with that mold. Directed by Oscar winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) with a script from Eric Heiserer (Arrival), Bird Box starts off with an intensely acted scene and never slows down. Bier creates a persistent atmospheric paranoia inhabited with realistic characters. The acting is top notch considering they spend most of the film either with their eyes closed or blindfolded.
It is not a prefect movie, however. The comparisons to A Quiet Place which came out earlier this year are inevitable. That’s not the fault of the film, though. That’s more on Netflix. But the story has some elements that are too unrealistic for me to suspend my disbelief. The fact that Sandra Bullock is able to keep that boat perfectly in the middle of the river for two days while blindfolded the whole time is a bit ridiculous. Also, the location of a certain building in the middle of the woods made me scratch my head a little.
Other than those few honestly nit-picky complaints, Bird Box is a well crafted thriller with plenty of scares and heart pounding moments. Check it out on Netflix and in select theaters now and let me know what you think!