Bird Box (film)
|Directed by||Susanne Bier|
|Screenplay by||Eric Heisserer|
|Based on||Bird Box|
by Josh Malerman
|Edited by||Ben Lester|
Bird Box is an American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Susanne Bier and with a screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. It stars Sandra Bullock as the main protagonist.
- Sandra Bullock as Malorie
- Sarah Paulson as Jessica, Malorie's sister
- Trevante Rhodes as Tom
- John Malkovich as Douglas
- Rosa Salazar as Lucy
- Danielle Macdonald as Olympia
- Lil Rel Howery as Charlie
- Machine Gun Kelly as Felix
- Jacki Weaver as Sheryl
- David Dastmalchian
- Tom Hollander as Gary
- BD Wong as Greg
- Parminder Nagra as Dr. Lapham
- Taylor Handley as Jason
- Amy Gumenick as Samantha
- Happy Anderson as River Man
- Julian Edwards as Boy
- Vivien Lyra Blair as Girl
Film rights to Bird Box were optioned by Universal Studios in 2013, prior to the book's release. Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan were set to produce the film, with Mama director Andy Muschietti attached as director. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer was in negotiations to pen the script. In July 2017, Netflix acquired the rights to the book after Stuber became head of the feature film division of Netflix and will develop the movie with Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich starring. Susanne Bier was announced as the director. In October 2017, Danielle Macdonald, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery, and Amy Gumenick joined the cast. In November 2017, Machine Gun Kelly and David Dastmalchian joined the cast.
The film had its world premiere at AFI Fest on November 12, 2018. However, due to the Woolsey Fire that hit California and out of respect for the victims of Thousand Oaks shooting, Netflix cancelled AFI Fest’s red carpet coverage scheduled for the premiere. The film is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018.
On Metacritic Birdbox has received mixed to positive reviews day after its world premiere. Film was criticized mostly for the direction and the way of storytelling — director is perhaps uncertain about how to maximize the piece's genre potential while simultaneously keeping it smart. (The Hollywood Reporter)  All of them agreed about the outstanding performance by Sandra Bullock and the camera work of Salvatore Totino.
Variety praised Bullock’s performance, saying that “the actress is wonderfully self-resilient”, “mesmerizing, delivers an incredibly nuanced performance that is emotionally complex and fully lived-in.” TheWrap has highly praised the actress, adding that “she is brilliant... her performance was equally terrifying and fascinating to watch.“ Scott Mendelson from Forbes wrote one of the biggest movie stars in the world (Bullock)... is terrific!
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