People can't stop talking about the Netflix horror movie 'Bird Box.' Here's what it's about.

NetflixNetflix’s ‘Bird Box’ is the latest film the internet can’t stop talking about.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for “Bird Box.”

  • Sandra Bullock leads a strong cast including Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson in “Bird Box,” a post-apocalyptic horror film released on Netflix on December 21.
  • The plot revolves around an unseen evil that drives people to commit violent suicide if they see it.
  • To defend themselves, the people in the film start wearing blindfolds outside and barricading themselves indoors as much as possible.
  • People can’t stop talking about the movie because, whether they love or hate it, the memes are everywhere, and they are hilarious when you understand them.

From your best friend and your mum to Stephen King and Chrissy Teigen, it isn’t just critics who have an opinion on Netflix’s post-apocalyptic psychological horror film “Bird Box.”

The film has plenty of jump scares and is packed with A-list actors: Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, BD Wong, Danielle Macdonald, Tom Hollander, and Machine Gun Kelly all appear in the movie.


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For anyone wondering what the movie is about, keep reading. Spoilers ahead.

The movie is adapted from Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name and is all about the psychological horror of the unseen

Bird BoxNetflixSandra Bullock’s performance has been praised.

Directed by Susanne Bier and based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name, “Bird Box” is filtered largely through Malorie’s (played by Bullock) experiences in two time periods. First, as a fierce mother trying to protect her two young children from unseen monsters and, second, as a single woman who is pregnant for the first time and grappling with the onset of a mysterious apocalypse brought about by the monsters.

Over the course of the film, we learn about the nature of the unseen entities and that you need to wear a blindfold if you go outside to protect yourself from them. Looking at one of the monsters can drive victims to die by suicide using whatever tools are at hand.

The book and film are similar, with the exception of the ending. Bier chose to have Malorie and her kids arrive at a school for people who are blind, appearing to have a bright future ahead of them. In the book, Malerman has Malorie finding out that some people inside the school gouged out their own eyes to escape the monsters.

In an interview with Polygon, Bier defended this decision, saying: “In a way, pretty much everything I’ve done has had some sort of a hopeful ending. I’m not particularly interested for the audience to leave, from the cinema or their own screen, with a kind of completely bleak point of view. That’s not really what I believe in.”

What these monsters are – and where they came from – is never explicitly spelled out

Bird box movieSaeed Adyani/NetflixThe only way to protect yourself from the evil is to not look at it.

Although we never actually see the monsters, we repeatedly witness what the monsters do to human victims and how they decimate the population. Malorie’s first personal experience with them happens when her sister, Jessica, (Paulson) sees one and promptly causes a car crash, flipping her SUV and leading her to stagger from the wreckage into the path of a moving truck.

While blindfolds can help you protect yourself from the evil creatures, birds are also key to protection, as they can sense the monsters and warn humans.

Further, there seems to be one exception to the rule that anyone who sees one of the monsters is driven to suicide: Anyone with a mental illness who looks upon the creatures becomes actively evil and tries to help them destroy humanity. This has led to some sharp criticism regarding the film’s depiction of people who have mental illnesses.

There are a number of monster allegories for viewers, from the horrors of never-ending racism to the inescapable terror of weaponised social media. All of that is part of the film’s allure.

At least part of the reason for the film’s popularity is all the memes it has spawned, which keep sucking new viewers in

Bird boxNetflixThe internet has created plenty of memes based on the film.

Everyone wants to be in on the joke, and the “Bird Box” memes are plentiful, hilarious, and seemingly as inescapable as the unseen monsters bringing about the movie’s apocalypse.

Whether people loved the movie or hated it, they can’t stop talking about it.

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