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BIRD BOX . . . . Directed by Susanne Bier, starring  Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich and Jacki Weaver. Inset, 'Journal' Film Critic, Sean Coyle.

FILM REVIEW: Bird Box struggled to excite despite great streaming success for Netflix

With most studios usually not putting out new releases in the first week of the year, rather wisely as they assume most moviegoers will be strapped for cash after all their Christmas spending, I thought I would review one of the most talked about films over the festive period. Netflix’s “Bird Box” was released just before Christmas without much build-up or advertising. And yet, in the space of a few weeks, it has become one of the streaming services most successful films, whilst also becoming an internet craze, inspiring a plethora of memes such as the “Bird Box Challenge.” So what has been the recipe for this success? Well, frankly, I’m not sure as the film is as mediocre as they come.

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