Warning: Spoilers ahead!
A Twitter-wide watch party is underway, thanks to the Netflix apocalypse thriller Bird Box. The movie stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie, a pregnant painter trying to survive the end of the world in a house full of strangers (and one love interest). The social chatter is partly due to the movie’s December 21 premiere date. People are off work or bored at home, giving us plenty of time to unite on social media to share the funniest memes and reactions to the film. But we also can’t stop tweeting about Bird Box because it’s more mysterious than the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic TV shows and movies we’re used to.
In Bird Box, there isn’t a catastrophic pandemic that wipes out majority of the population like in Survivors or Contagion, or flesh-eating zombies à la The Walking Dead. Instead, we’re introduced to a world where a mysterious entity causes mass suicide around the world. The only way to avoid “it”? Wear a blindfold.
Between the invisible monster and a few gaps in the plot, the riveting thriller raised more questions than it answered. Ahead, the 23 questions keeping us up at night.
How did the mass suicides even start?
At the beginning of the movie, we’re told the mass suicides were prevalent in Europe and Russia but there wasn’t much said about where, why, or how the plague started.
Where did these monsters originate?
Were they created by a mad scientist or something?
How come Malorie didn’t get the urge to kill herself when she locked eyes with her sister Jessica, who was already possessed?
After Malorie’s sister Jessica purposely caused the car to crash and flip, Jessica crawled out the car and looked at her sister before walking in front of a moving bus. Why didn’t Malorie become possessed then? Hmm.
How on earth did Malorie escape the car crash with just cuts on her hands and no blood on her face?
When Malorie crawled out the damaged vehicle, the only part of her body with visible cuts were her hands. How, Sway?
How did she manage to get into a serious car crash, fall on her stomach twice, and not experience any complications with her pregnancy?
Not only did she fall while running away from the scene of her sister’s death, but she fell again in front of Greg’s house, where a woman named Lydia came to rescue her before becoming possessed herself. A few days later, Malorie gives birth at home with an amateur midwife. What?
Why did Lydia call out to her mom before she died? Does a person’s soul affect how they die?
Before walking into a burning car, Lydia called out to her long-dead mother saying, “Please, don’t go.” Does the monster shape-shift depending on its victim? Did something happen between Lydia and her mother that somehow involves flames?
What’s the backstory of all the characters holed up in Greg’s house?
Each of them escaped the chaos outside unscathed. Why?
Is there a reason those specific people escaped the mysterious entity?
Is there something special about each of them that explains why they were the last ones standing?
What do the creatures actually look like?
When Gary entered the house, he started drawing variations of a dark creature. Is Gary’s drawing an accurate depiction of the creature or does everyone see the creature differently?
How was Gary able to live with the entity inside of him and not kill himself?
Gary pretended to be fine when he first arrived at the house but quickly turned homicidal instead of suicidal. Why was it so easy for him to live with the demon inside of him?
The birds went crazy when Fish Fingers attempted to come inside the supermarket. Could they detect who was possessed?
When the crew took a trip to the supermarket to stock up on food, an employee named Fish Fingers (who was apparently mentally ill) tried to get into the store from the back door. The birds started chirping loudly and moving frantically in their cage. Could they sense when someone is possessed? Or just the presence of the monster?
Where did Felix and Lucy go after stealing the car? Did they survive?
Once the crew came back from the supermarket, hours passed and they heard the garage door open. To their surprise, Felix and Lucy stole the car filled with food and fled the house. Where did they go and how long after did they die? Did they survive?
Why did Malorie name the kids Boy and Girl instead of giving them their own names?
Malorie didn’t give the kids actual names until the end of the movie. Was there a reason she waited so long?
How did Tom (Trevante Rhodes) keep his hair fresh for five years?
He had a fresh hairline in every scene.
How did Tom stay so muscular while living on canned food for five years?
Canned food isn’t the most healthy food to consume. Did he carve out time to workout in the midst of all the chaos?
How did the birds survive almost drowning in the river in a box?
The boat tipped over, Boy and Girl were lost at sea (for a moment), yet somehow the birds remained in the box alive and well.
Where are the blind people in the forest getting their food, clothes, and supplies from if they can’t leave the compound?
The movie ended with Malorie and her tribe being welcomed into a school for the blind with a large group of survivors. How are they being fed if all the food is outside the school’s walls?
How did Dr. Lapham escape the plague and make it to the blind school?
Last we saw of Dr. Lapham, she was giving Malorie an Ob-Gyn checkup. But at the end of the movie, Dr. Lapham greets Malorie in the school. How on earth did she escape the mass suicides and end up there?
Why didn’t Malorie name Girl Ariel, Jasmine or Cinderella like her mother, Olympia, wanted?
Olympia told Malorie that she wanted to name her daughter after a Disney princess, so why did Malorie go against her wishes?
Will Girl ever forgive Mallory for obviously wanting to sacrifice her?
Malorie clearly harbored ill feelings towards Girl—and wanted her to risk seeing the monster to navigate the boat—presumably because her mother, Olympia, was the cause of the many deaths that occurred in Greg’s house.
Do they have ample family therapists in the school for the blind?
If not, how are all the survivors coping with escaping the mass suicides?
How long until we get a horror movie where the monster kills you if you smell it?
Important question here. After A Quiet Place and Bird Box, no sense is safe.
Is there a Bird Box 2 coming out?