The film finds Bullock playing a mother of two who endeavours to keep her family alive after a mysterious force attacks the population. These monsters best remain unseen, for if you see them, you kill yourself.
Even if it does bring to mind M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Bird Box carries an intriguing premise, and the trailer below does boast some pretty tense moments as Bullock and her kids attempt to make their way through the wilderness – blindfolded. The early reviews have been somewhat mixed, with some commending the suspenseful approach and Bullock’s performance, and others unhappy with what they say is a flat narrative and the issues that can arise with having a monster movie without… you know, a monster you can actually see.
Directing is Susanne Bier, whose credits include Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Better World and mini-series The Night Manager. The script comes from Eric Heisserer, who penned Dennis Veleneuve’s fantastic sci-fi film Arrival and the James Wan-produced horror flick Lights Out.
We’ll see what we’re in for when Bird Box, also starring Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich, hits Netflix on December 21.
Netflix’s official synopsis for Bird Box:
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in BIRD BOX, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier.