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Survival Movie Critique
#1
I know there has been discussions and critiques of survival movies in the past.  I ran a search but found nothing like I was looking for, so here goes.....

I came in last night and the wife was watching 'Bird Box' so for any who have not seen this movie, the synopsis goes like this, 'Ominous unseen presence drives the most of society to suicide.'  Which was a very poor description to the movie I watched.  Apparent this unseen presence was ghostly, and entered the humans body through their eyes, since the eyes had to be covered, anytime outside, and all windows, or other opening into the home, had to be kept covered with shades, curtains, etc., to keep the humans eyes protected.  Perhaps I have over simplified this aspect myself, but that was my perception of the movie.  Oh, yea, the people did discover that birds can perceive when the ominous 'ghostly' unseen's are presence.

After the movie went off, I asked the wife, "Why, didn't the people just start wearing heavily tented wraparound shades, since some of the scenes portrayed the humans could almost, but not quite completely, see through their cloth eye wraps or covers.  If the eyes had to be completely sealed for protection, then the dark goggles welders wear which completely seal against the face and forehead would certainly have protected the humans eyes, and certainly allowed them to move about without trying to emulate blind people.

There were so many measures critical thinking people could have did to improve their circumstances, it wouldn't have taken long for me to have turned the movie off myself, but since it was the wife's choice, I didn't say anything until it was over.  I don't guess the people in 'Hollywood's' make-believe world can think any better than people in the real world today.  Now where is that MacGyver fellow when Hollywood really needs him?
Jimbo
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#2
My wife put this on screen as her choice
It's nice to to see miss Bullock any time but the movie seemed improbable
Any river runner will let you know the non-expert will have his or her hands full in rapids with both eyes open and impossible blind folded
Just my nickle's worth
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#3
hahah, my step daughter made me watch this and I too, kept thinking the situation was silly, improbable--and what--the ghostly unseen demons cant enter a house, only outside? hahah, I would hope to get a seeing eye dog...

Also poor Sandra Bullock got too much botox and now looks more like Michael Jackson!  Confused

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#4
strictly made for entertainment. they must be running out of remake scripts. i don't think they could see out of welders goggles, can't with mine any why.
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#5
(01-06-2019, 10:00 PM)TRYKER Wrote: strictly made for entertainment. they must be running out of remake scripts. i don't think they could see out of welders goggles, can't with mine any why.

As the old saying, I possibly placed my mouth in motion, before I had my mind in gear, regarding the welders goggles. 

Personally I do not have the goggles, but I do have a Lincoln AC/DC 'cracker box' as they are referred to, but I use a hood when welding.  I haven't used it in some time, but I was remembering one could see through the lens, abet very poorly, until the arc was struck, then visibility improved.  Actually I have one of the newer hood's with the clear lenses which darkens when the ark is struck.  I don't think I have ever used the newest hood, but based on the plot, that one would provide no protection from the 'demonic ghosts'.

It didn't really provide much entertainment to me, but for one who likes science fiction, mixed with a little horror, it may have entertained them.
Jimbo
If everything is a case for gun control, then nothing is. - Charles C. W. Cooke

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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(01-06-2019, 05:56 PM)Adapt-Overcome-Conquer Wrote: Also poor Sandra Bullock got too much botox and now looks more like Michael Jackson!  Confused

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After Speed, Gravity, and now Bird Box, the survival lesson is not to travel with Sandra Bullock.
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#7
I suspect that the motivation to have strange supernatural/magical threats in the stranger survival movies is to show normal, rational preparedness as being useless.
"Why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away. An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as the king can." Benjamin Martin, The Patriot
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(01-08-2019, 10:17 AM)quietmike Wrote:
(01-06-2019, 05:56 PM)Adapt-Overcome-Conquer Wrote: Also poor Sandra Bullock got too much botox and now looks more like Michael Jackson!  Confused

AOC

After Speed, Gravity, and now Bird Box, the survival lesson is not to travel with Sandra Bullock.

Big Grin Big Grin  hahah yes, that is the moral of the story!

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(01-08-2019, 11:36 PM)Benjamin Liu Wrote: I suspect that the motivation to have strange supernatural/magical threats in the stranger survival movies is to show normal, rational preparedness as being useless.

You are quite possibly correct Ben....seems most media --film, ect these days have an ulterior agenda under the surface --to try to propagandize the message, and getting citizens to believe that normal, rational preparedness is useless---sadly--- IS one of those things the movie giants seem to want to convey....


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"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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#9
Many, but another near the top is cash.  Plastic is much safer, Cash is horrible, unsafe & down right dangerous.  Carrying cash make you a target for robbery.  Actually my bank account is much greater target to be hacked and robbed electronically, than I likely ever will be, of being robbed myself.

And now the latest are kids being hurt & killed because of 'bird box' dares! What a crazy mixed up world!
Jimbo
If everything is a case for gun control, then nothing is. - Charles C. W. Cooke

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#10
People with lots of cash are often portrayed as being either old-fashioned idiots (usually an elderly person out of touch with the modern world and being "cool,") or criminals like drug dealers.
"Why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away. An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as the king can." Benjamin Martin, The Patriot
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#11
(01-06-2019, 02:12 AM)Jimbo Wrote: I came in last night and the wife was watching 'Bird Box' 

There were so many measures critical thinking people could have did to improve their circumstances, it wouldn't have taken long for me to have turned the movie off myself, but since it was the wife's choice, I didn't say anything until it was over.  

I doubt your wife wanted to "solve the problem" - it's apparently all about the emotions you experience as you undertake the "journey" with Sandra & Co. 
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Actual successful survival is way too tame for movies, there needs to be manufactured drama to appeal to a mass audience & technical detail is the last consideration IMO. Dodgy
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