HipZOMJoint Movie Review: Bird Box

Finally a post apocalyptic film that doesn’t involve aliens, zombies, or nukes. Nope this time it’s something we don’t even see. It’s assumed the main protagonist of the film is demons or some other invisible inter-dimensional creatures. However, the film is less about fighting the invading force and more about surviving it.

Sandra Bullock stars along with a very eclectic group of actors. Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, BD Wong, Sarah Paulson, Colson Baker and John Malkovich also star. Yes people, we have a horror film that stars Sandra Bullock and Rapper Machine Gun Kelly.

The film is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. The film follows a woman, played by (Bullock) who, along with a pair of children, dubbed Boy and Girl, must make it through a forest and river blindfolded to avoid supernatural entities that take the appearance of their victims’ worst fears, regrets, and losses that cause them to die by suicide.

And when we say suicide, we mean gruesome Final Destination-esque deaths. The entities force their victims eyes to glaze over and kill themselves and or those around them. Victims walk in front of cars, set themselves on fire, impale themselves, and that’s just some of the suicides depicted. To top it off, psychopaths are apparently immune to the effect and try to expose blindfolded people to the entities.

It’s a creepy and claustrophobic film in the same vein as the original Night of the Living Dead. Bullock gives an amazing performance as a single mother to be trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world overrun with invisible monsters.

Director Susanne Bier has created a unique, horrific end of the world film that has already garnered an immediate response amongst Netflix viewers. It’s hard to not find a social media feed that isn’t populated with memes, discussion, or debates regarding Bird Box at the moment.

With that said HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Netflix’s Bird Box a strong 8.5 out of 10. One of the most unique horror films you will watch this year!

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