‘Bird Box’ Is Full of Plot Holes. We Tried (and Sometimes Failed) to Plug Them. | Modern Society of USA

‘Bird Box’ Is Full of Plot Holes. We Tried (and Sometimes Failed) to Plug Them.

‘Bird Box’ Is Full of Plot Holes. We Tried (and Sometimes Failed) to Plug Them.

This article contains multiple spoilers for the Netflix film “Bird Box.

The bird box in “Bird Box” is full of holes so the birds can breathe; “Bird Box” the movie is full of holes so the audience can meme.

For a certain type of fan, half the fun of watching “Bird Box” is pointing out all the logical gaps. The rules in “Bird Box” are never fully articulated, never fully understood, leaving room to debate its mysteries and its deeper allegorical meaning (if any). It’s a movie that loves to raise unanswerable questions, and over the last few weeks, the internet has followed suit: Where did these monsters originate? Was Jacki Weaver’s character a doctor the whole time? Where did Felix and Lucy go?

The film has drawn widespread comparisons to last year’s other big sensory-deprivation horror film, “A Quiet Place,” which has plenty of its own inconsistencies. But many of the apparent gaps in “Bird Box” have explanations if you know where to look: Some are tucked away in the movie itself; others can be found in the source novel by Josh Malerman.

Below, we’ve done our best to plug some of the holes. And while we may never know what really caused the suicide pandemic — or why any normal person’s kitchen needs a huge glass-fronted freezer — we do think the Janet Tucker School for the Blind has a few things to investigate.

That blindfold worn by Malorie (Sandra Bullock) doesn’t obscure everything — some play of light and shadow always seeps through. This suggests that those with limited sight might be safe if they remove their corrective lenses: Somewhere in the spectrum, between perfect eyesight and none, lies a critical threshold.

Greg’s experiment with the security camera proved fatal, but he was probably onto something. In the book (in which the character is called George), he has a number of other ideas — refracted glass, indirect vision — but he never gets a chance to experiment with them.

Charlie’s (Lil Rel Howery) co-worker from the seafood department, known as Fish Finger (Matt Leonard), was trapped on a loading dock for at least four days. The human body can’t survive more than four days without water, and yet Fish Finger is still strong enough to force open a door while three people do their best to hold it closed. How did he survive?

Charlie describes Fish Finger as “a bit crazy”; according to the story’s logic, he must have been more mentally disturbed than Charlie realized. That partly explains his survival. But how mentally ill was he? That may explain the rest. When we catch a glimpse inside the loading dock, we see a couple of dead bodies. A close look at the bodies and the blood on his fingers suggest what he did to stay nourished. Getting Charlie to see the creatures — “Look at it, Charlie, it’s beautiful” — also provided Fish Finger with a new snack.

After five years of sub-optimum nutrition, Malorie is still looking toned. Tom (Trevante Rhodes) still has his six-pack. (And, as Missy Elliott noted on Twitter, “His hair cut stayed sharp.”) Although the film mostly shows us stale Pop-Tarts, the book has them stocking up the cellar with canned food, including sources of protein such as tuna, refried beans and nuts, by raiding abandoned homes. (The movie follows Malorie on one of what we can assume are many of those raids.) The garden in the movie seems fairly extensive, too.

Worried about running out, Malorie also learned to fish while blindfolded, using a rusted fishing pole fashioned from an umbrella, according to the book. In the movie, watch how she counts down the steps on her way to the river — she has been here before. As for attractive body tone, look at all the running around they have to do! Still, in the book, Malorie is gaunt, her skin tight and sallow from malnutrition. So maybe the best answer is simply: Hollywood.

In the book, we get some answers. The birds aren’t entirely immune, it seems — we’re told about migrating flocks that kill themselves in midair. As for other animals, the group uses seeing-eye dogs in the book, and one of them gets infected. (“It sounded like Victor had chewed through his own leg.”) In the final scene of the movie, we’re shown some seeing-eye dogs at the blind school. Presumably, they have been adequately sheltered from the monsters, just like the seeing humans who are there.

Such a good question.

The community at Janet Tucker School for the Blind seems close to self-sufficient in the film, and in the book, it is. The members farm fields of potatoes, squash, and berries. They’ve captured a cow for milk, a few chickens for eggs and two goats, and they hope to find more to build a little farm. They have a rainwater purification system. They also have a whole medical team (which hopefully includes therapists to help process everyone’s trauma).

Apparently, the fastest way to get there is the river. Did Dr. Lapham (Parminder Nagra) take a blindfolded rowboat trip, too? That much remains a mystery.

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