Netflix’s attempt at science fiction

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix

By Eden Pollitt, Senior Design Editor

If you haven’t already watched Bird Box you probably have heard about from social media. Memes about Sandra Bullock’s children, boy and girl, filled Instagram feeds and YouTubers began playing the “Bird Box” challenge.

But is the movie worth the hype?
In short, no.

While I found Birdbox to be entertaining, I didn’t think it was an eye-opening, crazy, science fiction movie like it was marketed to be.

First off, I found the beginning of the movie to go from 0 to 100 real quick. Don’t be confused, the movie has nothing to do with Drake, but the introduction barely establishes Sandra Bullock’s, Malorie, character before the world gets hit with the epidemic of contagious suicide.

One of the main questions I had throughout the movie was why Malorie has attachment issues. While pregnant, she fears that she won’t love or be able to connect with her child. Then when he is born, Malorie names her son Boy and she adopts a friend’s child whom she names Girl.

In doing so she keeps herself from becoming to close in the event she loses them, but why does she have such attachment issues in the first place?

Another issue I had with the movie was the people who were able to see without succumbing to suicide. There was only a brief explanation, that these people were “crazy” from some mental institute and wanted everyone to look into the light.

That doesn’t explain why the light doesn’t affect them and why they have a murderous craving to show others the light.

On a positive note, the movie does draw you into a world that doesn’t seem so far away from our reality. This keeps us on our toes and pondering how we would survive in the characters’ situations. However, Netflix’s attempt to of hyping up a movie and through blockbuster names and social media, does not hide the fact of Bird Box just being a mediocre science fiction movie headlined by Sandra Bullock.