In 2018, Netflix’s Bird Box adapts Josh Malerman’s novel of the same name about a post-apocalyptic world plagued by bizarre creatures that drive anybody who glances at them insane. Despite an intriguing idea, the film failed to please critics, who pointed out how poor the narrative was in Bird Box. Nonetheless, because to Sandra Bullock’s star power and viral challenges that urged viewers to perform all sorts of things with blindfolds, the film became one of the biggest blockbusters in the streamer’s history.
Unsurprisingly, Netflix has opted to convert the film into a possible franchise, with Bird Box Barcelona being the first spin-off to be released on the streaming service. While cynics may ask how a franchise with such a poor start could justify its existence, this film demonstrates that you can learn a lot from your failures. Bird Box Barcelona not only improves on every facet of the original’s technique, but it also employs the same terror notion to present a tale with a surprisingly strong emotional appeal.
The Spanish-language spin-off, like the original Bird Box, focuses on a group of survivors attempting to flee a harsh environment in the hope of reaching a safe refuge. The film begins with an exciting sequence that lays the groundwork for the post-apocalyptic world, outlining the laws that govern the animals to those who need a refresher. While the creatures’ origins are unclear, practically everyone who encounters them feels compelled to commit suicide.
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The few survivors’ minds have been perverted, and they begin to pursue other people, forcing them to open their eyes and experience the glorious splendor of their claimed saviors. To keep alive, humans wear blindfolds and roam the streets of abandoned towns, foraging for materials while avoiding the beasts and fanatics. It’s no surprise that trust is in short supply.
The majority of the action in the original Bird Box takes place on the outskirts, as Bullock’s Malorie tries to escort two youngsters to a shelter in the woods. The change of environment in Bird Box Barcelona instantly improves the tale since seeing the impacts of broad damage in the context of a huge metropolis is more striking.
Furthermore, by embracing the multicultural life of Barcelona, the spin-off may create a broadcast of individuals that vastly improves on the original film’s small and conventional group of survivors. Furthermore, while characters in Bird Box Barcelona understand each other a bit too well despite their nations, linguistic hurdles carry the story ahead, thereby providing some reality to the spin-off.
Bird Box Barcelona retains the flashback framework of the previous film, delving into the history of the new protagonist Sebastián (Mario Casas). The way these flashbacks are introduced, however, is vastly different. The presence of Bird Box is reduced to a perilous boat ride downriver, which is continuously interrupted by memories. Bird Box Barcelona, on the other hand, offers a more intricate tale with plenty of room for flashbacks. This permits the spin-off to maintain its tempo while telling two parallel tales, which the original film was unable to do.
Sebastián is also a better protagonist than Bullock’s Malorie. While Bullock is undeniably the centerpiece of the original picture, her role was, at best, unimaginative. Sebastián becomes a unique type of survivor thanks to a brilliant surprise in the opening act of Bird Box Barcelona, confounding expectations for the genre and post-apocalyptic media in general. While the spin-off follows similar roads through the subgenre, there is still the possibility to see events from a new angle, which helps elevate Bird Box Barcelona’s predictable storyline.
While a post-apocalyptic film must be entertaining – and Bird Box Barcelona most definitely is – we also want these movies to have something to say owing to the subgenre’s oversaturation. Fortunately, unlike the previous film, which used the monsters as a basic story device, Bird Box Barcelona focuses on how the presence of unexplained forces may lead to theological considerations. As a result, Bird Box Barcelona unexpectedly sparks a discussion about how blind trust may be as harmful as the creatures preying on humanity.
While Bird Box Barcelona has some exciting set pieces, what keeps us interested is how it mixes the complexities of religious beliefs to create a striking allegory for how we eventually chose what we want to see. Even though the video does not condemn religious expression, it does warn viewers about the dangers of organized religion. Though faith in a higher power can be an important survival skill, using it to justify the maltreatment of others frequently fuels a never-ending cycle of violence.
Things become more complicated in Bird Box Barcelona’s last act, as the film juggles the continuous metaphor with the necessity to provide a satisfactory finish to the audience. At this phase, alliances are formed with little regard for coherence, and little incidents are viewed as major revelations. By Hollywood blockbuster media standards, it’s a classic conclusion, and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with it. Nonetheless, after demonstrating how intriguing its post-apocalyptic universe might be, it’s a shame that Bird Box Barcelona concludes so tediously.
The film also concludes with the promise of a sequel, demonstrating that there are still fresh ways to approach the franchise’s post-apocalyptic environment. As intriguing as this tease is, it takes over the narrative just as we are about to say goodbye. The industry has been plagued by an overabundance of sequels for quite some time, with each film seeming more focused on teasing future projects than on telling a decent tale.
While Bird Box Barcelona is only following the pattern, it is unfortunate that the spin-off tries so hard to keep viewers enthusiastic for the next part that it undermines the emotional impact of its finale. So, while the picture outperforms the original in every way, it is nonetheless hampered by the demands of a franchise.