Photo by: Johannes Winger-Lang
I watched the movie “Bird Box” last night, and I have to say that it was a really interesting concept for a movie. I really enjoyed it, but after sitting with it for a while, I’ve come to see that there is much more to this movie than what meets the eye (pun not intended).
If you’ve already watched the movie, you can skip to the “My thoughts” section. *Spoiler alert below!* in the movie recap section.
In the movie, there is an unseen force that, when people look at it, it causes them to commit suicide. The movie never explicitly shows what this force is, whether it has some sort of demonic appearance, or whether it actually has any physical form at all. So the characters must wear blindfolds when travelling outside, in order to avoid seeing the force.
There are also a type of people in the movie that can look at this force, but rather than committing suicide, they find it beautiful, so they try to get others to look at it as well. These people are termed as crazy, and some of them described as insane patients from mental institutions.
These “crazy” individuals are portrayed as malicious, and intentionally trying to harm others by getting them to look at the force that will cause them to commit suicide.
At the end of the movie, the only survivors who are seemingly thriving and living a prosperous life are found in a school for blind people. Here, everyone is safe from the force, especially the blind, who are completely unable to see it. It is the one true safe haven in the movie where everyone is at peace and protected.
After seeing the story unfold, and thinking about what the director was trying to convey with the “force”, the crazy people, and the school of the blind, I initially thought that this movie was trying to instill fears and fearful beliefs in the audience.
It seemed like the movie was giving out the message that, if you hide from your problems hard enough, and remain blind to the things that you wish to avoid, and avoid those who are trying to get you to face your fears, you’ll eventually find somewhere comfortable and peaceful where you will never have to suffer. And you’ll live happily forever.
But if you dare face your fears, or take a real look at yourself and your life, you’ll see something so horrible and terrifying that it’ll literally make you want to kill yourself. And if others try to help you face your fears, they’re really just insane people who wish to harm you, and trusting them will lead you to your own destruction.
That’s what I thought the director was trying to tell the audience. But then I stopped and thought about it for a minute.
Maybe the movie was intentionally trying to communicate this dark message. Or maybe this was just the director’s way of shedding light on our own fearful belief systems. Why do we believe that others are trying to harm us? Why are we afraid to look at the force? What could be so scary that it would cause us to commit suicide? Perhaps these are the kinds of questions that Bird Box encourages us to ask ourselves.
I think this movie has a powerful message. Do you want to live in a reality where you’re afraid of seeing the truth, and afraid that others are trying to harm you? Do you want to live in a reality where you’re so afraid that you have to blind yourself from your own fears?
Because that type of reality is possible. If you choose to hold onto certain belief systems, that’s the type of world you’ll eventually create for yourself. The point of horror movies is to give you a depiction of how life would look if your deepest fears were manifested into reality.
Bird Box is what happens when we believe that trusting others and facing our fears is dangerous. This is the reality you’ll ultimately choose for yourself if you continue to hold onto fear.
So what will you choose to believe? 😉