“Thou shalt not steal” is a commandment that Hollywood isn’t fond of obeying. For every hit production, there is at least a dozen copycats, remakes or replicas. Remember how many The Matrix rip-offs there were in the 2000s? Or how many racers there were after The Fast & The Furious? Well, it seems like John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place isn’t exempt. Netflix’s Bird Box seems incredibly similar to the 2018 horror film.
To be fair, Bird Box is based on a 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. It follows a chilling post-apocalyptic story where a young mother is trying to get her two children to safety in a world overrun with monsters. The biggest problem, however, is that nobody knows what the monsters actually look like.
Like A Quiet Place, the Netflix Original follows a similar unnerving tone and also places the focus on family. Of course, the major difference is that here the survivors seem to make as much noise as they possibly can as long as they remain blindfolded.
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie [Bullock] finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.
Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, the protagonist, and is joined by John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, BD Wong, Jacki Weaver, and Rosa Salazar.