Netflix has released Bird box to their platform, coming just before Christmas on December 21. The new film features an all-star cast, with some gigantic Hollywood names thrown into the mix. BirdBox is another film this year – alongside John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place – in which sensory deprivation heavily factors in delivering a horror experience. The story is well developed by director Susanne Bier, who has developed a terrifying and sprawling post-apocalyptic world.
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What is the film Bird Box about?
Bird Box is the latest addition to a long chain of successful horror movies this year centred around family.
Unlike supernatural horror films, Bird Box strays into story-driven science fiction territory, and follows a family in the wake of a post-apocalyptic event.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, and directed by Susanne Bier.
The official synopsis reads: “Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
“In the wake of an unknown global terror, a mother must find the strength to flee with her children down a treacherous river in search of safety.
“Due to unseen deadly forces, the perilous journey must be made blindly.
“Directed by Emmy winner Susanne Bier, Bird Box is a thriller starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Trevante Rhodes.”
The film’s protagonist is a woman named Malorie – portrayed by Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock – who is pregnant as mysterious suicides sweep Europe.
She is aided by sister Jessica (Sarah Robson), who is with her when the same mysterious force grips the US and causes apocalyptic damages.
Malorie is forced to take her children and flee to a remote part of the US where her family can live safely.
The tale of a single mother living through her nightmare was ultimately very close to Ms Bullock, who has also spent time raising her children alone.
Talking to the Independent, Sandra Bullock said society has a lot of trouble accepting women as single mothers.
She said: “Society still, as open-minded as we’ve become, has these rules that quietly say: ‘This is the way it goes.’
“They’re saying: ‘It’s a man and a woman, and then you have a baby, and that’s the family.’ I go: ‘Oh my god, I’m a single parent. With a child. How am I…’
I felt less than. I felt: ‘I’m not the complete package.’ And then I realised… this is the complete package.”
“It breaks my heart when I see people saying: ‘I can’t have that.’ Why not? Why can’t you have it?”