Have you ever been lying in your bed late at night and imagined all of the creepy crawly spooks that could be hiding in your closet, under your bed, or sticking to the ceiling? The only comforting thing to do when you thought monsters might be afoot was to pull your blankets up over your head, pull all of your extremities under the covers, and hope for the best. It was such a simple thing, yet being under the blankets made you feel so safe; didn’t it? If you can’t see the monsters then they can’t get you.
Bird Box, directed by Susanne Bier and based on the novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, promises to be an epic, post-apocalyptic thriller all about the monsters we shouldn’t see. The film follows Malorie, played by Sandra Bullock, and two children. Their world becomes inhabited by creatures that take the form of a person’s worst fear when seen. People kill themselves if they see the creature, implying that whatever they have seen was the most horrific image imaginable. Malorie and the two children band together with another group of survivors; and to prevent death at the sight of the creatures, the group keeps blindfolds on whenever possible. They even drive with car windows covered by thin paper and tape. It is a constant war between fighting for survival and fighting for sanity.
At first glance, Bird Box might seem like a version of “A Quiet Place;” but it is clearly its own world, deeply rooted in the frightening idea of keeping your eyes closed when facing imminent danger. The trailer promises to do everything possible with the stories and concepts that were handed, gift wrapped to Netflix by Josh Malerman. In an age of reboots and sequels the Bird Box dangles originality, tantalizingly before its audience.