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Bird Box Movie Review: An Okay-ish Thriller!

Starring – Sandra Bullock
Director – Susanne Bier
Genre – Thriller
Streaming Platform – Netflix

Introduction

Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is a tough woman raised on a ranch with her sister by their dad who was an asshole. To survive their dad and his lies, Malorie became tough, defensive and protective. She becomes pregnant with her roommate / boyfriend who bails on her after pregnancy. After an apocalypse starts (which cannot be explained) the storyline take a few twists and turns, which forms the crux of the entire narrative.

Rationalization

In the times of awesome thrillers like 'A Quiet Place’ and ‘Get Out’, this movie just feels plain. Acting was ordinary, John Malkovich playing the insane neighbor. The plot was predictable like you can guess who's gonna die next easily. There are no goosebumps, no jump scares, and I didn't feel anything at all throughout the movie. That being said, there is a scene at the end of the movie where the kids get scared and Malorie gets to know that Olympia is afraid of her because she's not her daughter. That is a touching moment as close as you get in the movie. The movie was shown clearly. That's the only thing Netflix does great. All Netflix Originals have this problem. They lack story and screenplay, but, damn! they look good! You can feel the surroundings, the set looks expensive, plot had sufficient strength and actors were meh!.. okay!.

Conclusion

Finally, Bird Box is just like a Bollywood movie with a better budget and a 'new’story. You know what it's gonna be like but it's still a good way to kill two hours or even more.

Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B

-An Editorial by Suhel Abdulla
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Oceans 8 & A Quiet Place - Double Header Review

Hello everyone! Happy to see Y'all return back to yet another Double-Header Review, and for those who are unaware what a DH Review is, it's simple, we take two different movies, combine them together and review them (frankly, to save time, space and effort). But, before we roll, let's see how well the movies we're about to discuss fare critically and commercially.

Ocean's 8 made 289.9 million worldwide with a production budget of 70 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 67%. A Quiet Place made 332.6 million worldwide from its 21 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 95%.

"Ocean's 8" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

With an elaborate and fabulous cast, Ocean's 8 is the smartest heist movie to watch this year. The story is about Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who is introduced as the younger sister of (assumably) Late Danny Ocean, plans to steal a vintage diamond necklace in the Met Gala event with seven talented women, after getting out of jail. 

Now, while the movie was funny to watch, it is not successful in bringing back the magic of the Oceans Eleven trilogy. Anne Hathaway (Daphne) and Helena Bonham Carter (Rose) were the funniest to watch, and Sandra gives major fashion goals with every outfit she wears throughout the movie. Mindy Kaling (Amita) and Sarah Paulson (Tammy) were not given enough screen time but are funny nevertheless. But, the coolest one has to be Cate Blanchett (Lou) with her boyish charm and eternal cool vibe. The music in the film is decent with most of them borrowed, and the screenplay focuses more on the fashion and the instantaneous humour more than the accuracy of the story. 

Overall, Ocean's 8 may not be a successful match to the original Oceans trilogy, but, it is without a doubt one of the most cheerful comedies of 2018. 

"A Quiet Place" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles, A Quiet Place tells us the story of a family trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland where even a tiny amount of sound, triggers monstrous creatures which as displayed in the movie are indestructible.

Story, screenplay, characters, performances, background score and sound effects were the main traits that Krasinski (who also directed the film) used to make a heartwarming and an extremely terrifying film. The dialogues are pretty much non-existent and to tell an engaging story within 90 minutes, and at the same time developing the relationship between the characters is a tough task, but, Krasinski did a masterful job. Furthermore, this is a well-paced movie and did not waste time explaining how, why or when certain things happened, it leapt right into the focal part of the storyline which made the film much more frightening and suspenseful.

Overall, I'm literally kicking myself for not watching A Quiet Place in the theatres cause it's a complete bloodcurdling experience which shouldn't be missed.

-A Double Header Review by Nikitha Kashyap and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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