Bird Box: The Danger of Disbelief

By Anthony Wetmore

The sudden ever present danger presented in Netflix’s recent hit ‘Bird Box’ is one that seems swift and unavoidable. Upon sight, so many fall victim to an awesome vision followed by eye wounds and the compulsion to ultimately destroy themselves. Through the many lives lost, the world descends into chaos.

Following Malorie (Sandra Bullock) between what had happened initially and then years later as she braves the new sightless world alone, we are privy to an array of viewpoints and incidents that reveal the true nature of the beast: knowledge.

New world order in full swing, Charlie (Lil Rel Howery) posits that perhaps they are a divine intervention of sorts, taking on the form of lost loved ones as well as terrifying visions of fears unrealized. Though most are affected, some are left scarred and crazy, determined to reveal the “truth” of the entities to all those unwilling, cult-like.

If taken as an allegory, “Bird Box” is commentary on the nature of belief. We see everyone removed from the troubles of life in order to remain alive. Hiding in dark houses, braving the outside world in blind-folds in the hope of finding sustenance, comfort and protection; all the while conscious of the unavoidable, avoidable truth.

Then there are those that appear to see the ‘horror’ and are altered in order to reveal its true nature to all those around still unaware. Much like a rampant cult desperate to spread a message, those that survive the visions set to pull others down with them, claiming relief and clarity. They survive, sure, but for how long? The world has changed and not for the better.

“Bird Box” takes an interesting look at the nature of belief and trust in the face of a chaotic situation, as well as how we adapt to the changing world around us. While it may tread seemingly familiar territory, “Bird Box” is worth a run through for the questions it posts alone.

Bird Box is available now on Netflix.

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