Bird Box
2018
***
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Danielle Macdonald, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Lile Rel Howery

The world is suddenly taken over by mysterious entities who compel anyone who sees them to commit suicide. Malorie, who is heavily pregnant, takes refuge inside a house with a handful of other people. This derivative but gripping post-apocalyptic thriller delivers a cross between A Quiet Place and The Happening, with similar strengths and weaknesses. The group features a rather formulaic cast of survival story characters, who each have only one personality trait, be it brave, stupid, paranoid, naive, selfish, or heroic. Adapted from Josh Malerman’s novel.