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Movie Review: Netflix’s Birdbox

Bird Box is the latest new Netflix horror-thriller based on a novel by Josh Malerman and directed by Susanne Bier. In this post-apocalyptic world, to take the blindfolds off would be to risk insanity and even death. The cast for the film included, Sandra Bullock, and co-star Trevante Rhodes. Joining Bullock and Rhodes in Bird Box’s ensemble were Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, BD Wong, John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly, Tom Hollander, David Dastmalchian, Danielle Macdonald, Jacki Weaver and Lil Rel Howery.

Now like many I was drawn to the film after seeing a host of responses about how amazing this film was. As a movie lover and lover of horror-thriller movies myself, I felt it was time to turn off the lights and cuddle up to watch this film.

I won’t spoil the film by giving you all the massive details of every scene because I want viewers to at least watch the film to gather their own opinion of the movie.

After seeing this movie, I felt the film was a bit rushed and that the story-line could have been better, especially with a 19.8 million dollar budget.

You have this amazing cast and yet the story line is moving so fast with not enough details. There’s this unseen being that the victims see and it manifests as their worst fear, then they kill themselves immediately.

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There is never any full information on how to defeat whatever it is they are witnessing other than to simply blindfold themselves.

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Bird Box, Sandra Bullock

We don’t even know where this thing came from, it just appears to be jumping across the nation. The movie ends up coming off as a bit predictable, comical and even disappointing.

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You have this group of people who have managed to survive this unseen being and they are gathered in a house and then there comes a scene where suddenly one guy is able to kill just about everyone in the home. Not the unseen being…but one guy who has suddenly been taken over after desiring to see whatever it is that takes over the mind. The problem I have with that is, how is he suddenly able to avoid committing suicide like everyone else who has seen this “being”?

The movie portrays the thought that if you see this “being”…you lose your mind and immediately commit suicide. Yet this one guy is able to walk around the house after seeing it and aides in helping to kill the remaining people in the home, with the only survivors being Bullock and Rhodes.

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Netflix’s Birdbox, Trevante Rhodes and Sandra Bullock

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The movie then speeds up and years have gone by and suddenly the two are in love and raising two kids and learning to survive. There is also a group who are just like the guy in the past scene who can walk around normal after seeing this “being” and then down goes Rhodes in the film.

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Scene from Netflix’s BirdBox

Bullock is now left to survive with the two kids and travel down a river to a location for safety and survival from this unseen being. Upon arrival, the movie is pretty much over.

So what’s next for the survivors in this protected place? They basically just live with birds tweeting around them and this “being” still on the loose. The movie almost reminds me of “The Quiet Place”, even though we were at least able to see what they were afraid of.

I truly expected more from this film because of the amazing cast and with a title like BirdBox, I suppose I was expecting to see maybe attacks from birds or maybe a disease from the birds that was causing people to go insane. The only thing we casually discover in the film is that the birds make a lot of noise when the being is nearby.

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Netflix’s Birdbox

I was not thrilled or amazed by this film at all. The entire time I was desperately waiting for more to emerge from the scenes. I honestly would love to see someone remake this film as it seems it has much potential to be a great film with the right story-line.

 

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Black Panther Review: Greatest Inspiration Created By Marvel

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Marvel: Black Panther

                                Written By: Tanisha D. Davis

Where do I begin to express how amazing this film was?

Let me first say that this film is everything that we imagined it would be, and well worth the wait. After seeing numerous trailers and watching countless interviews from the cast about what to expect from the film, I am well pleased that the long awaited anticipation was everything I hoped it would be. Outstanding job from the entire cast and the producers of this sensational film, that managed to ignite my mental in every way possible!

This film was filled with so much passion and emotion for the culture that was represented in this fictional African nation called, Wakanda. There were times when watching the battles that I myself was ignited with a fire deep within that yearned to be part of such a great nation as this fictional place. There was a powerful message that I discovered in the film that I was not expecting.

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I imagined a battle that would take place among outsiders but realized later on that the largest battle was within for Wakanda. We had created a battle within ourselves because of a bad decision. We had left behind something that was part of us because we were afraid of what it could become, therefore creating a monster.

This message once discovered spoke volumes to my soul. As a young African American woman, my mind began to think about what all we as a nation of intelligent black people could have had if we had not grown up neglected away from our true culture, and who we really were before being stolen from our lands. We were lied to and taught to hate ourselves, therefore creating monsters within because we were not welcome or felt that we belonged anywhere. We were lost, awaiting the moment to be found or an opportunity to get back to where we came from.

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There was pain, anger, and sympathy in the film for Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) because we all can relate to the feeling of growing up in a land separated from a royal nation of intelligent people. Imagine being of a royal background and being left out of the experience and lifestyle that you could have been living. Imagine being rich but what you see around you has taught you that you are poor and nothing.

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Think on that. Imagine the anger that would build up inside you causing you to fight daily and be angry not because of where you are, but because you never knew that where you are right now, is not who you ever truly were created or born to be.

It made sense why he had spent so much time seeking a way to get back to his roots and claim a privilege that had been taken away from him without choice. Erik Killmonger is an example in many ways of black people in America.

Many of us are still fighting to identify ourselves and be restored back to the culture that we had stolen away from us.

This film made you think and long to be part of something greater than what you see around you everyday. It was action packed and the special effects were amazing!

There were scenes that made you emotional and almost lose hope, but only for a moment, as you watched on the edge of your seat in admiration of that hope being restored by watching the Black Panther rise and conquer!

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Through this film we discover a passion to rise up and fight against anything that comes to take away our peace. We see a strong, powerful, and intelligent nation of people! The fictional nation of Wakanda was ready to battle each other and others to protect itself from the possible destruction of outsiders. There was a unity like no other!

I encourage everyone to go out to the theaters this weekend and experience this powerful historical film! This is by far the most inspirational black film created by Marvel, and I am very much in anticipation of a sequel, because something tells me that the world is about to know Wakanda and feel the power of the Black Panther!

 

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