Bird Box, based on the 2014 novel of the same name, and has drawn comparisons to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place for the way in which sensory deprivation heavily factors in delivering a horror experience. The horror is directed by Susanne Bier and features an all-star cast, with some gigantic Hollywood names thrown into the mix – including lead Sandra Bullock. With a two hour and four-minute runtime, Bird Box is now available to stream and download on Netflix.
What record has Bird Box broken?
The streaming site took to Twitter to confirm an unprecedented 45 million viewers and that number just keeps rising.
The Netflix Twitter account wrote: “Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!”
The official plot synopsis for Bird Box reads: “When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die.
“The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears.
“Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary.
“To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.”
Bird Box’s lead Sandra Bullock discussed her role as single-mother Malorie with the Independent.
The tale of a single mother living through her nightmare was close to Bullock’s heart, who has also spent time raising her children alone.
Sandra Bullock said society has a lot of trouble accepting women as single mothers.
She said: “Society still, as open-minded as we’ve become, has these rules that quietly say: ‘This is the way it goes.’
“They’re saying: ‘It’s a man and a woman, and then you have a baby, and that’s the family.’ I go: ‘Oh my god, I’m a single parent. With a child. How am I…’
“I felt less than. I felt I’m not the complete package. And then I realised… this is the complete package.”
“It breaks my heart when I see people saying: ‘I can’t have that.’ Why not? Why can’t you have it?”
The horror movie has a 66 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating mixed but positive reviews.
The critics’ consensus reads: “Bird Box never quite reaches its intriguing potential, but strong acting and an effectively chilly mood offer intermittently creepy compensation.”
Alongside Bullock and Paulson, stars include Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar and Tom Hollander.
Bird Box is available to stream and download on Netflix now.