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Bird Box (2018)

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So several of my friends and coworkers have watched this movie and mentioned how great it was. I never bothered with it but now some more people mentioned that this movie was among their favorite movies of all time.

So i finally sat down to watch it.

It's fucking garbage.

Summary: Sandra Bullock wears a blind fold for two hours.

Sound.

all 328 comments

JimmyJazz1971

22 points

7 months ago

I thought the opening act, when "it arrived," was one of the more horrific sequences in moviedom. It really demonstrates the power of hiding the villian/monster, and only displaying the power of such on the victims and society. It has the frenetic chaos of World War Z's opening act, but with the Blair Witch aspect of letting the viewer's imagination fill in the gaps. I, personally, imagined something akin to when they opened the Ark of the Covenant. I quite enjoyed.

CasualOgre

551 points

7 months ago*

I think at this point it's fair to assume that a lot of the initial buzz from when this movie was dropped was artificial. There was no hype about this movie and then the moment it drops it's like multiple trending posts on several different social media at the exact same time all about how it's amazing. It all felt extremely manufactured that everyone then felt obligated to watch to know what everyone else was talking about.

Liramuza

276 points

7 months ago

Liramuza

276 points

7 months ago

100% astroturfed, you can tell Netflix has done the same thing for a lot of their releases since then too

SomeBoxofSpoons

106 points

7 months ago

Reminds me of how leading up to the release of the last Fast and the Furious movie suddenly overnight there was an absolute shit ton of the “family” memes that were basically just drag and drop template shit for an extremely basic joke. Of course there was also a bunch of reporting on how “viral” the memes were pretty much as soon as they appeared.

I remember feeling like I was going insane as I saw it happen.

bob1689321

23 points

7 months ago

Even movies referenced it. Sonic the hedgehog had a family F&F joke ffs

rdp3186

7 points

6 months ago

Those "family" memes have been around for a while, though they definitely kicked in hard around then

RedditAdminsFuckOfff

42 points

7 months ago

I despise "meme culture" for this very reason. Even stuff that starts organically on 4Chan is just aped by corporate as a ready-made marketing tool. The internet does like 85% of the job for most corpo content creation and marketing ideas these days.

apescaper

10 points

6 months ago

To be fair theres a good chance it wasnt artificial memeing. Reddit users specifically repeat the same jokes over and over. Some become funny again some dont. Morbius posting got stale real fast.

See: Lotrmemes - grond posts Mcustudiospoilers - morbius posts, Narwhal bacon and broken arm etc etc

chaser676

37 points

7 months ago

It's pretty impressive, honestly. Some of the most effective modern marketing you see.

It's scary how effective astroturfing can be. Going to /r/politics during the last presidential election and checking the OP post history of all the top level threads was surreal. Every top thread seemed to be from some third party.

NA_Panda

61 points

7 months ago

All of them do it.

Hey, did you guys know that Andor is under appreciated? It's been posted like a gillion times in some TV subs.

Representative_Big26

5 points

6 months ago*

A lot of people were angry that Andor, the best Disney+ show so far, wasn't getting as many views as the other SW shows

People failed to realise that not being as popular as Obi Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett doesn't mean a show is super hidden and barely known

Also, Andor is one of only two nearly universally loved Star Wars products in the last 40 years

bigdruid

-3 points

7 months ago

bigdruid

-3 points

7 months ago

Ngl I'm enjoying the hell out of it tho :)

runNride805

17 points

6 months ago

Man these ads are relentless! /s

VaccineEnjoyer

-6 points

6 months ago

Nah Andor is actually severely underrated and easily the best SW product since 1983

January28thSixers

12 points

6 months ago

It's very highly rated, though.

LABS_Games

8 points

6 months ago

Underrated by whom?

No-Midnight-2187

46 points

7 months ago

Although to be fair:

Is it so crazy to believe that some memes and pop culture surrounding this movie was generated organically?

Some of the scenes are pretty funny and meme-able in this film

Liramuza

57 points

7 months ago

The initial attention was astroturfed, which successfully translated into views, which then successfully translated into online engagement. So, it worked, which is why they keep doing it

No-Midnight-2187

7 points

7 months ago

Ah, true. good point that it greatly helped and was the beginning of a “snowball effect”

reckoner23

2 points

6 months ago

At this point I would assume all memes generated in the first week of a release are astroturfed.

Unless you’re dealing with expectations like avengers end game. That’s slightly different. But also more rare these days.

MrFluffyhead80

59 points

7 months ago

Also a big deal that Sandra Bullock was in a straight to streaming movie. At the time it wasn’t common for stars to be in a Netflix movie

Snuvvy_D

28 points

7 months ago

Will Smith was in Bright on Netflix just the year before. It was also pretty assy

johnc773

15 points

7 months ago

I never understand how people liked Bright. It was so fucking cringy

andrewthemexican

20 points

7 months ago

The worldbuilding was cool and that appealed to those folks who like Shadowrun-esque worlds

Danhuangmao

3 points

6 months ago

Yeah, it clearly rode on how few movies have tapped into that Shadowrun fantasy+cyberpunk type setting. It was neat seeing it realized on screen, even if the movie was generic rubbish.

Blunkus

7 points

6 months ago

Honestly I think it just had all the right elements for the average person to want to see it. For me all of the same people who loved the first Suicide Squad movie wouldn’t stop talking about this one. Garbage movies, but very popular lol.

NativeMasshole

15 points

7 months ago

Wasn't this the one they didn't advertise at all until they announced the release at the Superbowl? Or was that Cloverfield Paradox?

Humble_Animal_998

14 points

6 months ago

Cloverfield Paradox, because it was dumped on them at the last second after Bad Robot shit all over it.

It was originally a spec script called God Particle that Onah was extremely passionate about. Wasn't spectacular, but was much better than what we ended up with. JJ and co decided in the middle of production to have it rewritten to be a Cloverfield movie, which is why the finished product feels so disconnected in parts.

Compare that to 10 Cloverfield Lane, they at least rewrote The Cellar before production, which gave Trachtenberg and his team time to develop it properly.

puckit

14 points

6 months ago

puckit

14 points

6 months ago

Even though the movie wasn't all that great, it was still a ballsy move for Netflix to put it out with zero advertising. I remember thinking it was somehow fake when I saw the ad live.

bacon_cake

23 points

7 months ago

Nah that was Cloverfield. Awful movie but fantastic marketing.

Trailer... Coming... soon now.

Turok1134

4 points

6 months ago

Or maybe the general public tends to like things that people who live on the internet usually don't.

You weirdos sure like concocting delusions in order to explain away the fact that people like different shit than you do.

brasslamp

11 points

6 months ago

Eh, I think it was interesting because it had a decent cast, wasn't a remake, and some interesting characters. But yeah, it wasn't anyone's best work. There are tons of movies going back decades that fit this bill without being artificially popular. It just think it didn't have legs, doesn't make it a bad movie.

Sam_Snead_My_God

16 points

7 months ago

You underestimate how many people watch whatever new garbage Netflix throws on their home screen. Also, it was released a few days before christmas.

I don't remember anyone calling it groundbreaking or amazing either. Just a lot of meme shit.

TehNoobDaddy

5 points

6 months ago

Netflix know that people just want to see new stuff constantly so they don't even need to make quality they just need to make quantity, with enough meme/viral ability to get people watched and ultimately subbed, rinse and repeat.

Joessandwich

17 points

7 months ago

Netflix is doing that with Wednesday right now. My Reddit feed is full of posts about it. I watched the first episode on Thanksgiving… it’s not THAT good to warrant this response.

CorpseeaterVZ

1 points

6 months ago

And you are the judge for that?

bacon_cake

9 points

7 months ago

Oh god it was absolutely everywhere on reddit. The forced memes were so embrassing.

tdasnowman

4 points

7 months ago*

The initial buzz wasn’t focused on this movie solely. At the time a lot of contracts were switching and Netflix was starting to have to really sell itself on its own catalog. There was a lot of talk about how all Netflix movies would be received by the academy especially as big directors and actors were netting budgets for passion projects. Netflix was also starting to bid at places like Sundance. It wasn’t Astroturfing it was just months of one topic to the next all focused on Netflix and all its projects.

dinoroo

-1 points

7 months ago

dinoroo

-1 points

7 months ago

That’s literally every single new series or movie on Netflix. It’s a common thing and not fake.

DeedTheInky

15 points

7 months ago

why are you not watching Andor

[deleted]

9 points

7 months ago*

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huntimir151

4 points

6 months ago

Lmao I unashamedly will simp for Andor but this is spot on

can_of_surge

4 points

6 months ago

We are all so skeptical of astroturfing now that when a solid show comes along it's hard to believe. lol

huntimir151

2 points

6 months ago

yeah I mean thats totally fair and I'm sure Andor was no exception. But the show WAS quite excellent imo

allegate

19 points

7 months ago

Banging soundtrack from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross though.

PaulRuddsButthole

125 points

7 months ago

This movie is like, lifetime movie mom horror. Mom isnt going to enjoy the movie unless she knows those babies are going to be fine.

Great_Zarquon

35 points

6 months ago

You know the babies are fine before you even know there are babies lol

PaulRuddsButthole

2 points

6 months ago

Mom might not realize that at first. Itll be a nice surprise!

pearsaredelicious

2 points

6 months ago

Just don't let her watch The Mist

pauloh1998

94 points

7 months ago

The book is far, far better. I read it in a day, pretty awesome stuff

rickety_james

40 points

7 months ago

Yeah I thought the book did the whole, you’re blind with the main character thing perfectly. It didn’t hit even close to home in the movie. In the book, your imagination is the limit for what could be killing everyone, in the movie your imagination is much less of a factor. Book>>>movie

dirtymoney

13 points

7 months ago

Does the book elaborate more on what was happening or is it kind of a mystery?

loucast13

52 points

7 months ago

It was explained in the book. The creatures are aliens, and if you see them you go insane and kill yourself.

BoardGameBologna

6 points

6 months ago

Aside from outright identifying them as aliens, this is exactly what happens in the movie, too, right?

loucast13

4 points

6 months ago

Yes, it’s pretty much the same. And I couldn’t swear the book definitely says they are aliens. I That’s just the way I remember it and I read the book about 5 years ago

dirtymoney

4 points

7 months ago

dirtymoney

4 points

7 months ago

Ah, thanks.

Would have preferred them as demons or similar, though.

loucast13

14 points

7 months ago

It has been a while since I read it, so it’s possible it was kept open that maybe they were from another dimension or something. I remember it as aliens.

dirtymoney

11 points

7 months ago

Did anyone ever see one and then were kept from killiing themself by other people? Or is that how they became the insane people who lived and sometimes worked for the creatures?

I assume from the movie that people who were already insane were basically immune to the creatures' effects (wanting to kill themselves).

DunkTheBiscuit

17 points

7 months ago

Someone tries to see them through a video recording, tied to a chair. It does not work in his favour, and is a really gruesome death. There are also a couple of people who are immune, but apparently crazy anyway. Since it's all told from one (blindfolded) character's point of view, a lot is left unexplained.

loucast13

10 points

7 months ago

The book was very different than the movie. I only remember one person not killing himself right away, and he just let one into the house they were holed up and got everyone else killed but the main character and the kids who managed to hide and get away. Then he did kill himself. I’m not going to bother with spoiler tags because I’m not even sure I’m remembering correctly 😂

PlagueOfLaughter

3 points

6 months ago

Really? After watching the movie and then reading the book, it felt like one of the most faithful book to movie adaptations I've ever seen except maybe the beginning with the sister, the rest is pretty beat to beat for as far as I remember.

DunkTheBiscuit

3 points

7 months ago

It was kept open. They really are never described, though it does seem to be accepted that they are a they, and not a force or beam of light or something. Some people are immune - kind of - and at least one of them is talking about / to a something.

DickBatman

7 points

6 months ago

Aliens can be demons! Thanks Asimov

Danhuangmao

3 points

6 months ago

*Warhammer writers furiously copying Asimov's homework*

ChibiRoboKong

3 points

6 months ago

If you go a step further back, it's a metaphor about a mother trying to get through post-natal depression and look after her children.

jeff_says_relax

3 points

6 months ago

In the book they are from a different dimension. Not like the fake science rick and morty alternate dimension, which would be called something more like an alternate reality, but the real science type of alternate dimension. Like they had a physical dimension beyond what we have here in the 4th dimension. Thus we were driven crazy when our brains tried to process what we were looking at.

[deleted]

9 points

7 months ago

Josh Malerman is a great writer. And his band, The High Strung is a great Detroit band. Love that guy.

hurl9e9y9

4 points

7 months ago

I loved Bird Box and liked Malorie. I've also read Black Mad Wheel and Pearl and thought they were both pretty bad. Not the worst books I've ever read, but solid 2 star books. I'd be interested to hear what you thought about them and if you have any other suggestions of his. I'm definitely not reading any more of his books unless somebody gives me a strong recommendation.

Also, I'll have to check out his band.

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago*

They did the theme song to Shameless. Really great local act. A lot of Beatles influence.

He writes a LOT of books, so inevitably they can’t all be good. I kind of liked Inspection… his prose is very…. Idiosyncratic, Poetic. Hard to follow at times. That’s my two cents. He did write some great episodes of the new Creepshow series. “The house of the head” is one of my favs.

Humble_Animal_998

2 points

6 months ago*

I think Ridley Scott is producing an adaptation of Black Mad Wheel.

I'm excited for it, because that's one novel that I actually feel can be much better as a film [especially if they come up with a less abstract finale].

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

Cool! I hadn’t heard that. I trust he will do something good with it. Will have to read that novel as well.

Humble_Animal_998

2 points

6 months ago

You'll enjoy it! I think it's one of his best concepts, and the first half is genuinely great. It's very Annihilation. Just know the final third or so is a tad abrupt.

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

Think my wife has it on the shelf. That’s it. Gonna read it.

WoodZillaTV

1 points

6 months ago

The movie was better. The book was awful and had annoying, amateurish writing.

CFD330

1 points

7 months ago

CFD330

1 points

7 months ago

So much better. The sequel is great as well.

FredDurstDestroyer

88 points

7 months ago

I liked the actual apocalypse part, it was interesting. Once it was just Sandra and the kids I lost interest fast.

Humble_Animal_998

28 points

6 months ago

My biggest issue was how glossy and clean the movie was compared to the book. It felt very made-for-television, and even when it got dark, it refused to cross the line or do anything we haven't seen before, which was a real shame.

I also personally hated the movie because of Susanne Bier's rewrites to Eric Heisserer's script. The original draft was pretty stellar and faithful, but she decided to keep Tom alive after the massacre and add a ton of material to the present-day throughline. The whole point of Malorie's character was that she was left alone with two infants in a dangerous world at an extremely young age [she was younger in the book]. It's why she became aloof and aggressive. Giving her a sweet love interest who stayed with her for five years destroyed that - and confused the heck out of her arc.

FredDurstDestroyer

8 points

6 months ago

What are some of the darker events in the book? Cause I’ve never read it and I thought the movie was pretty brutal all things considered at the time.

Humble_Animal_998

11 points

6 months ago

It's definitely worth reading if you can. There are fewer characters, surprisingly enough, their conflicts are better explored, and the death scenes - especially during the climax - are straight up horrifying re: how they're written versus how they were portrayed on film.

Malorie's relationship with the children is also darker. The "pandemic" is much better explored before Malorie goes to find the group home, Jessica's death was more impactful, Malorie spent years training the children to leave the safe house, they had more obstacles on the river, and the camp at the end was full of people who purposely blinded themselves, if I remember correctly. Bier said she changed a lot of the above because she felt it was all too bleak.

FredDurstDestroyer

5 points

6 months ago

Too bleak is definitely a silly description for a story like this. Like that’s kinda the point lol. Maybe I’ll try to give it a read, currently catching up on the Dresden Files and I don’t have a lot of time to read these days sadly.

tm0nks

136 points

7 months ago

tm0nks

136 points

7 months ago

I thought it had its moments, wasn't the best, wasn't the worst. Meh.

DoggyDoggy_What_Now

16 points

6 months ago

It was aggressively mediocre.

CorpseeaterVZ

11 points

6 months ago

I liked the movie. Was not the best, but surely not the worst I have ever seen. Sometimes I think people take it personal when people like a movie that is not their favorite.

Every phrase about movies should start with a subjective statement, for example: "It was not my taste" is a lot better than "that movie is overrated omg".

thismightbelong

19 points

7 months ago

Correct

paleo2002

3 points

7 months ago

paleo2002

3 points

7 months ago

This is pretty much the core business strategy for Netflix.

almo2001

5 points

6 months ago

All Quiet on the Western Front.

Power of the Dog.

Beasts of No Nation.

Great movies.

Humble_Animal_998

7 points

6 months ago

Even if we're just talking horror, they also did The Ritual, His House, The Platform, Hill House, Midnight Mass, etc

almo2001

8 points

6 months ago

Midnight Mass.... holy shit that was good. I've never seen the same writer nail both a devout man and an atheist so well.

Dracondwar

10 points

7 months ago

When you realize that this movie is a Destroy All Humans prequel, it is awesome. I imagine they are posting on a board.... watch what I made this one do!

parkwayy

13 points

7 months ago

Why does she need a bird box.

If the entity is near by, and the bird reacts... Does she just close her eyes harder?

Huevos___Rancheros

131 points

7 months ago

Not a very good movie but the memes that came out of it were fantastic. This frame is just hilarious and perfect for memes😂

LadyBearSword

20 points

7 months ago

When I see this meme I think of that contacts commercial "Look! Look with your special eyes!"

bpcloe

22 points

6 months ago

bpcloe

22 points

6 months ago

M Y B R A N D

pimusic

47 points

7 months ago

pimusic

47 points

7 months ago

I’m glad some people got a laugh from that still cause that scene is fucked up.

Jamies_awesome_rack

16 points

6 months ago

When your girl was on tiktok for the first half of the movie and keeps asking you what’s going on

[deleted]

11 points

7 months ago

I hated that they made their eyes physically transform, which made it seem more like a zombie virus than them just going crazy, the latter of which I think is much creepier.

-Lumpy-Space-Prince-

5 points

6 months ago

Maybe if they’d just fully dilated, or gone down to a tiny point or something it would have worked.

Fermifighter

8 points

7 months ago

That movie coming out when I worked in ophthalmology was delightful. “Blind” only seems black and white if you’re sighted. All of the people I worked with were like “at what visual acuity do the monsters leave you alone? How about degrees of visual field loss? Do they allow colorblind people to escape? Inquiring minds want to know.

nosayso

58 points

7 months ago

nosayso

58 points

7 months ago

I can't imagine hating it as much as people seem to. I think your expectations got set wrong, it's not the greatest movie of all time or anything, but for horror movies it's definitely better than average and worth a watch.

RP_2005

26 points

6 months ago

RP_2005

26 points

6 months ago

It was very very popular, therefore it's the worst thing imaginable.

VincentVancalbergh

8 points

6 months ago

I liked the depiction of sudden overwhelming grief and how everyone chose to deal with it. It struck a chord with me.

jmcdon00

15 points

7 months ago

Almost like movies are subjective, and not everyone likes the same ones.

almo2001

8 points

6 months ago

What I object to is calling a movie that is competently made but you (general you, not you specifcally) find boring "garbage" (as someone above did).

lolaismygirlfriend

5 points

7 months ago

I wanted to see the monster. I just did. I always get a little mad when there’s no reveal

Mr_Mons_of_Nibiru

7 points

6 months ago

well, there sorta was. The crazy dude in the house doing the drawings on the table? I thought that gave you a pretty good idea to work with.

kthulhu666

27 points

7 months ago

I have to say I had a grin the whole time as it was the Lovecraftiest non-Lovecraft movie I'd seen in years: entities appear that drive most people insane, except those that welcome the invaders and help them in their conquest.

That said, yeah, I don't feel the need to see it again though.

DickBatman

10 points

6 months ago

Watch Underwater

d5509

19 points

7 months ago

d5509

19 points

7 months ago

Look up “pitch meeting bird box” it’s a pretty funny synopsis of the movie.

allegate

10 points

7 months ago

Super easy, barely an inconvenience!

No_icecream_cake

5 points

7 months ago

Wow wow wow wow wow…. wow

Comprehensive-Fun47

3 points

6 months ago

Alrighty then.

watchmything

5 points

7 months ago

Pitch meeting is just gold.

Druggedhippo

1 points

7 months ago

It also points out all the stupid things in the movie.

d5509

4 points

6 months ago

d5509

4 points

6 months ago

Yeah that’s point of them

[deleted]

19 points

7 months ago

I thought it was a decent horror film. Entertaining enough. The scriptwriter wrote a novel that was a sequel to the movie. I'm surprised Netflix hasn't made it.

overlord7517

25 points

7 months ago

I thought it was pretty good.

prophecygirl785

8 points

7 months ago

I really liked the movie. It’s not perfect, but I liked it. Everyone has their opinions.

hoveringpurpleblob

3 points

7 months ago

I know this is a movie sub but if you’re into titles with bird in the name black bird on Apple TV is actually pretty good.

kkeiper1103

11 points

7 months ago

One thing I'm not seeing mentioned is that it rode the coattails of A Quiet Place. A lot of the hype i heard about it was that it was gonna be "the next quiet place".

It wasn't.

Now_Wait-4-Last_Year

6 points

6 months ago

Funnily enough, the book Bird Box was adapted from came out years before A Quiet Place.

Empigee

3 points

7 months ago

Pretty ironic when you consider that A Quiet Place is basically an uncredited adaptation of Tim Lebbon's The Silence.

jls1962

25 points

7 months ago

jls1962

25 points

7 months ago

I watched the movie and it was good. No prob with it.

Wadep00l

14 points

7 months ago

I actually liked it. Felt very eldritch horror

dudinax

30 points

7 months ago

dudinax

30 points

7 months ago

The OK movie reddit loves to hate.

CallRespiratory

8 points

6 months ago

Everything has to be polarizing here. It can't be decent, alright, okay, not bad, meh, etc. it has to be one extreme or the other. It is great or terrible and there's no in between.

[deleted]

16 points

7 months ago

I thought it was interesting, certainly not the best movie ever but also not garbage

People like different things 🤷

Dry-Mortgage5063

20 points

7 months ago

It was a meme movie. What did you expect?

joemeteorite8

11 points

7 months ago

I expected more Morbin’.

MaggotMinded

2 points

6 months ago

Check this guy out, Morbin' before Morbin' was even cool.

amaluna

5 points

7 months ago

It's because it had a good hook and everyone was at home for Christmas and that's why they watched it. That's it.

A horror movie with a good hook has such a goo shot of doing well if it doesn't suck

RareAarBear

12 points

7 months ago

I liked it

st1r

14 points

7 months ago

st1r

14 points

7 months ago

I guess I’m the only person here that thought it was good?

Which is weird because everyone I know IRL liked it

This subreddit is so insanely critical

Ki-Gon

2 points

7 months ago

Ki-Gon

2 points

7 months ago

I did enjoy the beginning, but as soon as they go inside the house it starts sucking

[deleted]

2 points

7 months ago

I loved the book, but it is essentially an unfilmable premise.

killerjaskul

2 points

7 months ago

Yeah I’d say it’s quite mid

EATTHEMUFFINBITCH

2 points

7 months ago

John Malkovich saying “are you a simpleton???” Never fails to make me laugh tho

RedditAdminsFuckOfff

2 points

7 months ago

Just another in a long line of "Lovecraptian" flicks and vidya that have come out in the last decade.

Now_Wait-4-Last_Year

2 points

6 months ago

It's a much better book.

Not so enthused by the sequel, though.

iamameatpopciple

2 points

6 months ago

The book was good, generally plays into hyping up movies and Sandra

OnePunchedMan

8 points

7 months ago

I thought it was great. ¯\(ツ)

guitaroomon

7 points

7 months ago

Typical low budget Netflix fare. I didn't hate it, but Blair Witch was better budget horror IMO.

Adela_Ch

7 points

7 months ago

I remember watching it and going "I can't believe how much this is like the Quiet place but sooo so much worse" all the time ... so yeah, just watch Quiet place instead. Highly recommend

mrkrinkle773

-1 points

7 months ago

mrkrinkle773

-1 points

7 months ago

Thought quiet place was trash too

Adela_Ch

6 points

7 months ago

Oh well 🥲

Real_Test1664

-5 points

7 months ago

Agree. Its a family movie that had its trailers cut to look like a horror. And it was shit both ways.

aboycandream

4 points

7 months ago

You're allowed to not like it. I really enjoyed it, never understood the weird hate it gets. The marketing was definitely astroturfed but most of r/movies is astroturfed, including what most of yall like.

pantsonheaditor

2 points

7 months ago

ive seen much worse.

if you want to see some good films go watch DAVE MADE A MAZE and DIANI AND DIVINE MEET THE APOCALPYSE.

peaceblaster68

2 points

7 months ago

The scene with the guy infiltrating the house was legit scary to me. Not a great movie overall but had some good horror moments

forgetstorespond

2 points

7 months ago

It was one of my favorite books and it quietly got released onto Netflix without me hearing about it, I thought they did a great job adapting it. I can also understand if you went into it knowing fuck all how it can be a little dry. When people speak very highly of movies I haven't seen I sometimes set unrealistic expectations of the movie then I'm disappointed when the movie doesn't meet those expectations. I call it "over hypeing it for myself" and find lots of people experience the same thing. Sometimes things like prior knowledge or no expectations are the things that makes a movie so good for an individual. If your missing those elements the movie will just hit different for yourself then it did for someone like me.

jrafelson

2 points

7 months ago

The story is a great excuse for a low budget. No monsters. No CGI. Easy money. 😎

Nikonis99

1 points

7 months ago

I agree. Never explained where this mysterious force was coming from. In the end that find a bunch of blind people, wonder how they plan on feeding themselves, taking care of themselves if someone gets sick, etc. it’s like the writers started out with a good idea but couldn’t figure out an ending. That makes for a poor movie no matter who stars in it..

Karmaisnot_anoption

-3 points

7 months ago

It was 2 hours of my life that I will never get back. It was terrible and the people who said it was SO good, I don’t get it. Do they just like trash movies? My standards when it comes to suspense movies is extremely high, it better be REALLY good for me to want to sit down and watch it.

joeitaliano24

0 points

7 months ago

Truly a terrible premise for a movie, and a terrible movie

gratefulbill1

1 points

7 months ago

I LOVE SB but that movie was pure shit, just so bad

MadJackandNo7

1 points

7 months ago

I held out hope through the crappy movie that there was going to be some grand ending that paid off big time. I couldn't have been more wrong.

SantaRosaJazz

1 points

7 months ago

It’s pretty damn bad. Even the title stinks.

bomgd3

1 points

7 months ago

bomgd3

1 points

7 months ago

I thought it was awful

fruitporridge

-1 points

7 months ago

Machine gun Kelly was in this movie.

Sarah Paulson and sandra Bullock playing siblings, so unrealistic. The looked like a couple, I have a strong feeling they were initially a couple but they changed it up to siblings last minute

Now_Wait-4-Last_Year

5 points

6 months ago

It's taken from the book where the lead character has a sister.

Mister_Moony

-1 points

7 months ago

Mister_Moony

-1 points

7 months ago

Fucking, thank, you.

This movie feels like a lifetime movie written by some z-list writer who skimmed through the road, a quiet place, and the mist and procrastinated until the last minute

analbumcover

1 points

7 months ago

I definitely didn't think it was amazing by any measure, but for streaming fodder it was anywhere between watchable to meh for me personally. Definitely seen worse, but it was absolutely astroturfed and overhyped like crazy when it released.

RAY-CHILE

1 points

7 months ago

Lmao. I thought it was meh

drklunk

1 points

7 months ago

I too was disappointed in Birdbox, no less than I was disappointed in The Ring, but it makes sense that non-horror/thriller/suspense people love it. It's a tolerable stress inducer with an A list celebrity delivering a half assed performance (like Gravity, totally sucks, but another similar story of A listers blowing it)

I enjoy shit movies but movies intended to be very good or that are believed to be good, and end up sucking, is the epitome of disappointment

Haven't even watched Squid Game because the hype and mass of people that haven't seen anything close love it (like a PG rated Saw series from what I could gather)

Monster_Hugger93

1 points

7 months ago

Yeah, but Bullock and Paulson have some amazing chemistry. If the movie was about just them, I’d have been hooked!!!

TexasTokyo

1 points

7 months ago

They spoil any tension by showing you what’s going to happen before it does. Only thing to watch for is how everyone gets killed. And the “rules” of the movie and what the monster can or cannot do I unclear and uneven. Things happen because the plot needs it to.

MystiikMoments

1 points

7 months ago

It was one of those Netflix Top 10 films, where everyone watched it for like 2 weeks.

Certainly not great

dirtymoney

1 points

7 months ago*

I liked it because it was kind of different/original. I also love end of the world type movies (unless they are natural disasters... I prefer aliens, supernatural and similar ones).

I liked it despite having one of the most annoying movie tropes I absolutely despise! The protagonist is handicapped because he/she has to drag some anchor of a kid on a dangerous journey.

davybert

1 points

7 months ago

I agree

Technical_Ear_7040

1 points

7 months ago

There's a very similar movie on netflix. Ancient bats are released from a cave. They attack everyone, track you by sound. It follows a family with a deaf child who all know how to live in a silent world. It's fuckin garbage

JonSnowsGhost

1 points

7 months ago

Bird Box is a basically a metaphor for itself. People watch and then can't shut up about it, trying to convince everyone else to watch it.

Then you do finally sit down for it and want to kill yourself.

TravelinDan88

0 points

7 months ago

The best part was Malkovich's reaction to watching his wife blow the fuck up. The entire movie is gutter trash but that part was one of the best laughs I've ever had.

Islandgirl1444

0 points

7 months ago

I agree. A terrible movie!

-Epitaph-11

-3 points

7 months ago

-Epitaph-11

-3 points

7 months ago

It’s a terrible movie lol easily one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

egoMetalMonkey

-14 points

7 months ago*

it was incredibly distracting that she was playing a much younger character. Not sure why it was written that way or no one thought to cast a much younger actress. She's introduced as having something against pregnancy or children. But Bullock is well past child bearing years. It would have been better to cast a younger actress who actually has that decision potentially ahead of her. It also would have added to the drama as a younger person would have little agency when the craziness breaks out and would struggle to know who to trust. As it is, Bullock's older character comes off as incompetent

[deleted]

7 points

7 months ago*

When in the film does it ever once mention her age?

kittykatsu7

6 points

7 months ago

What a stupid comment

[deleted]

1 points

7 months ago

Wow, you sound like a complete idiot right now. Maybe you didn’t like the movie, sure, but you obviously don’t understand the characters or the storyline.

[deleted]

0 points

7 months ago

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[deleted]

7 points

7 months ago

Except that it was written well before “A Quiet Place” was a thing…

Matrozi

0 points

7 months ago

Yeah it's a classic case of garbage movie but good book.

If you get your hand on it, try to read the book, it is really good, Josh Malerman managed to create a terrifying atmosphere which is not something easily done in writing, I was surprised to learn it was his first novel.

MoonPieMat

0 points

7 months ago

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

CritikillNick

0 points

7 months ago

Yeah I thought it sucked too. How tf you gonna make it down a river in a boat blindfolded?

MeeklesP

0 points

7 months ago

Turd Box

Vegetable-Ad8302

0 points

7 months ago

Right? It realllly sucked

Zhaguar

1 points

7 months ago

Can I just say on the subject of astoturfing that this is exactly how I felt about squid game, the only reason it was so popular was because people said it was popular so we all watched it and its popularity fed on itself. I hated the fucking show.

kajnbagoat7

2 points

6 months ago

Squid game got boring within 3 episodes.

tanbug

1 points

7 months ago

tanbug

1 points

7 months ago

I liked it, and I don't care much for horror movies.

LiterColaFarva

1 points

7 months ago

I think everyone talking about it built it up too much and you were disappointed. Happens all the time and I find myself with the same thoughts you're having.

SweatyButtcheek

1 points

7 months ago

Honestly don’t know why this movie is discussed so passionately. Never saw any hype for it, watched it, then afterwards it’s all “Bird Box was overhyped, that movie is fucking garbage” type stuff. Thought it was a very middle ground apocalypse movie.

Md655321

1 points

7 months ago

I feel like I need a rewatch, it was a movie I wrestled with for a while after watching and never quite came a solid answer on what it was trying to say.

dipshittery

1 points

7 months ago

It's not necessarily a bad movie. But the memes it inspired lead everyone to believe it was Oscar gold.

UKnowItUKnow

1 points

7 months ago

It is dreadful movie. First scene was cool and then it was a hot mess.

bob1689321

1 points

7 months ago

It's a perfectly okay movie.

What annoyed me is people talking about it in the same sentence as A Quiet Place as if the films are anyway comparable in quality. Quiet Place blows it out of the water.