Is the Sandra Bullock Bird Box Movie Really THAT SCARY?!

Is the Sandra Bullock Bird Box Movie Really THAT SCARY?!

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I’d intended to watch Bird Box because I love
Sandra Bullock, but I hadn’t immediately jumped at it. And then people started to cite it
as one of the scariest films ever, and for me that’s like waving a red flag in front
of a bull. It takes a lot to scare me, so I suddenly found myself very keen to rush
to this one. So the premise of the plot for Bird Box, without
any spoilers, is not the most unique. At first, I thought it sounded quite like Shyamalan’s
the Happening, which is a film I did actually like, but Susanne Bier’s Bird Box is quite
a bit different! Something is causing people to commit suicide, so Malorie – our Sandra
Bullock character – has to take her two children up the river to safety. And they’re not allowed
to take off their blindfolds. This film surprised me from the beginning.
It starts off very intense with Malorie talking to her children with what feels like no compassion,
but there’s an obvious desperation in her voice. The HAVE to get to safety. And then
we’re suddenly five years prior to that, and instantly it’s obvious that this strange presence
causing the suicides has been going on for years. There’s a lot of running. It’s quite
graphic. It’ll make you flinch. Nobody is safe. Back in the present, they need to flee up
the river to safety. When we’re on the river, in the best way possible, there’s a lot of
vast nothingness in this. When they’re back in the house, there’s so much uncertainty.
We KNOW she gets out, but what happens to the others? It’s very rare that intertwining
analepsis and prolepsis like this is done well, but it’s incredible. It works. It absolutely
works as a narrative device here. I’m not sure if I’m alone with this thought,
but I didn’t really find myself caring about any of the characters in the house. Part of
me didn’t really care about Malorie either; I was less concerned for the characters’ safety
and more desperate to know if and how they would survive this. I was, however, fascinated
by the way in which Malorie treated her children. She didn’t feel motherly, but stern and harsh,
but it was necessary. Obviously I thought Bullock gave a stellar performance. When we consider the fear factor, I don’t
think I was ever scared. I was intrigued, curious, but never fearing for my own safety.
I did love how graphic and detailed it was though. There were so many cadavers. The suicides
were often very detailed and not something everybody would be able to cope with, particularly
if you’re quite new to thrillers. The use of silence betwixt screaming and chaos
was wonderful. The pace of development, the rate at which we meet and lose characters
was incredibly effective. The emotions expressed felt real and raw, which is quite rare for
a survival film. Bird Box was not in the slightest what I’d expected to be. I’m confident that
Bird Box was so much more than I had ever imagined, and it’s an essential watch.


  1. I think the idea of something like this happening in real life is scary. The movie…not so much. But I enjoy anything with Sandra Bullock in to too! 😁

  2. It's a great film. Wasn't too scared by it but it certainly had me at the edge of my seat at times. Brilliant review Amy!

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  4. Excellent review Amy. Although I liked this film, I was somewhat disappointed by it. After viewing the trailer, it gave me the impression Bird Box was going to be a scary film. It wasn't really scary at all. I wish they'd given it a proper trailer indicating what type of film this would be, but beside that it was entertaining and thrilling.

  5. To me it was kind of a mix of "the walking dead" and "lost". I thought it was an excellent movie and I hope that there will be a sequel.

  6. I thought it was okay, I expected something, but i'm not sure what. I have the book (but I haven't read it yet) :/ I think personally it isn't scary. there is no build up for a scare factor. I was more intrigued to find out what was so bad to make them kill themselves. I'm not sure if I actually like it. I liked the fact that it had Sandra Bullock in it, Lol Lets just put it this way, I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed.

  7. Yeah, I think you pretty much sum up all my thoughts towards Bird Box. I didn't really care about any of the characters either, was more focused on the plot, and I definitely didn't find it scary. Sure, I would probably crap myself if I were put in that situation, but that's a different story. 🙈

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