Bird Box Barcelona

After an entity of mysterious origin annihilates the world's population causing those who observe it to take their lives, Sebastián and his daughter begin their own great adventure of survival in Barcelona.



Bird Box Barcelona movie review (2023)

Bird Box:

It’s important to note that “Bird Box: Barcelona” is a spin-off rather than a sequel to the Sandra Bullock-starrer film, “Bird Box.” Like its predecessor, parenting, and grief are central themes in this film. However, “Bird Box” Barcelona” introduces a fresh story that builds upon the original concept without providing extensive explanations, assuming that viewers are familiar with the original film. While Susanne Bier’s film was filled with intrigue and suspense, this spin-off falls slightly short of expectations.

“Bird Box: Barcelona,” with its share of eerie and unsettling moments, also draws inspiration from recent blockbusters like “A Quiet Place” and “The Last of Us.” The film emphasises the unseen threat that keeps survivors constantly on edge. This mystery film requires attentive viewing as it incorporates religion into its dystopian narrative. Only after an hour into the film do we discover what happened to Sebastian, the lead star of the film. Similar to the original film, it follows a group of survivors seeking escape and a safe haven. The movie delves into the disturbing urge for self-destruction, with some survivors compelling others to open their eyes and embrace their supposed saviours. In this rendition, people navigate the streets of Barcelona wearing blindfolds to stay alive.

The film centers around Sebastian (Mario Casas), a former engineer, and his daughter Anna (Alejandra Howard), as they navigate the perilous streets of Barcelona, evading a mysterious threat. In this dystopian nightmare, Sebastian’s sole mission is to protect his daughter at all costs. Unknown to others, Sebastian has encountered the enigmatic “creatures” and manages to keep this knowledge concealed from those he encounters on his journey. Along their journey, they encounter various groups of survivors, including psychologist Claire (Georgina Campbell), German girl Sofia (Naila Schuberth), and Pizza delivery man Octavio (Diego Calva). Their only hope for escape lies in seeking refuge at Montjuic Castle, accessible only by cable car.

“Bird Box: Barcelona” stands out due to the commendable performances delivered by its cast. Mario Casas, portraying a distressed and troubled father, delivers a fabulous performance that surpasses Sandra Bullock’s character in “Bird Box.” Mario’s role in this film is marked by complexity and narrative twists, making his character refreshing and unique. Georgina Campbell, in the role of Claire, a victim entangled in the chaos, delivers a natural and convincing performance.

Bird Box: Barcelona-cinemabaaz.xyzWith the exception of Sebastian’s journey, many elements in the film feel stale and outdated. It borrows heavily from various dystopian-themed films and series we have seen in recent years.

The film concludes with the suggestion of a sequel, indicating that more ‘Bird Box’ stories are in the works. While this horror mystery excels in many aspects, it falls short in terms of its writing and the development of characters that we can truly rally behind. The story oscillates between the past and the present, successfully weaving a gripping narrative. However, the absence of the mysterious creatures from the film gives “Bird Box: Barcelona” more of a psychological thriller vibe, which unfortunately lacks any zing. Ultimately, the film fails to break new ground, resulting in a somewhat underwhelming experience.

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Bird Box:

Country: USA

Genre: , ,

Director: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor

Writter: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor

Actors: Mario Casas, Georgina Campbell, Diego Calva

Duration: 1h 52m