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Movie Review: Bird Box

Reviewed by Kenndall Wallace

Movie Name and Release Date: December 13, 2018

Cast: Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, Danielle MacDonald and Rosa Salazar

Bird Box has been the source of memes, hashtags, and idle conversations for the past few weeks. Released December 13, 2018, Bird Box tells the story of a mother and her two children as they try to reach a protected base in a post-apocalyptic universe. Avoiding monsters and corrupted persons, Bird Box contains a cast consisting of major names such as Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson—as well as a few minor names, such as Trevante Rhodes, Danielle Macdonald, and Rosa Salazar.

While movie critics rated it a 6.7 out of 10, I found that the script and characters of the movie lacked both depth and emotion, the plot and backstory were cliché, and the ending was a tad bit dull. Even though the premise, central themes, and scenic shots of the movie was intriguing and pleasing, the overall execution of Bird Box was not as good as I expected.

Despite the faults of the movie, the performance of the actors were exemplary, and I found myself swayed by the talents and overall prowess of the cast. Bullock’s acting was convincing, Rhodes did an excellent job as the second lead, and the supporting characters did their best with the script that they had. The actors all held up the movie to the best of their ability, and even if the characters did not shine, the actors did.

All in all, though, I would give Bird Box a solid 5 out of 10. Even though the movie left much to be desired, the actors shone brilliantly, the ideas and themes of the movie were excellent, and the tension- though small, was there.