BIRD BOX BARCELONA (2023) Reviews of Netflix sci-fi horror mystery

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Bird Box Barcelona
is a 2023 Spanish sci-fi horror mystery film about a mysterious force that has decimated the world’s population. The movie is a sequel to Bird Box (2018).

Written and directed by David Pastor and Àlex Pastor based on the novel Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Produced by Susanne Bier, Dylan Clark, Adrián Guerra, Chris Morgan and Núria Valls.

The Chris Morgan Productions-Dylan Clark Productions-Netflix Studios-Nostromo Pictures co-production stars Georgina Campbell, Mario Casas, Diego Calva, Michelle Jenner, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Naila Schuberth, Patrick Criado, Lola Dueñas, Alejandra Howard, Gonzalo de Castro, Mireia Rey, Celia Freijeiro, Manel Llunell and Sergio Freijo.


After a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, Sebastian (Mario Casas) must navigate his own survival journey through the desolate streets of Barcelona. As he forms uneasy alliances with other survivors and they try to escape the city, an unexpected and even more sinister threat grows…

“Writer/directors David and Alex Pastor are tasked with expanding the Bird Box universe with the new picture, and they go to some interesting places with the premise, which retains the apocalyptic grimness fans are looking for, only lacking some star power when it needs it the most.” 3 out of 5,

“There’s a lot going on in Bird Box Barcelona that makes it a stronger film than its predecessor. Going global reminds us of the widespread ramifications of this apocalypse while giving us a new perspective. Decisions made to help with the flow and tension in the film address a stark problem from the original film. But the real glue that will keep viewers watching is Sebastian.” But Why Tho?

” …I thought I was going to be disappointed in what I thought was just a retread, I was completely wrong, as it does nicely further the plot as it goes along. In fact, I expected this follow-up to be a bit of a cash-in, but aside from some occasionally dodgy fire CGI, it’s quite a solid entry in the canon, and […] while it’s a bit daft at times, it’s still engaging viewing.” DVD Fever

“The film occasionally put the audience in the creatures’ perspective, allowing us to see their victims before they fall to their fate. However, distractingly poor CGI frequently clouds the film during pivotal moments, immediately yanking suspense from the scene. Bird Box Barcelona lacks Bullock’s plucky central performance and much of the tension that came with it. There’s a compelling direction buried underneath the silly premised spin-off…” 2.5 out of 5, Guy at the Movies


“There needs to be a quality that will set a movie apart from countless imitators. The imagery is wildly inconsistent from what was previously established, almost to a laughable level that constantly mentions “souls.” Despite a great cast of Spanish-speaking actors and occasionally good cinematography, Bird Box Barcelona acts as a cheap spin-off that no one asked for.” 1 out of 5, Josh at the Movies

” ...Bird Box Barcelona improves on the original by taking some big swings in trying to revitalize the franchise and create a path moving forward. It is definitely brutal and while it may not all work, its character-centric approach creates a captivating watch that helps make up for many of its flaws. There’s a franchise here.” 82% Keith Loves Movies

“Whispered hints at the emotional scars should allow an insight into the characters, yet the majority feel underutilized and underwritten […] Not helping matters are how tension-free the sequences feel, particularly as characters blindly move towards the unknown. Few surprises are taken in the third act, prioritizing perfunctory action beats as it barrels towards a sequel-baiting ending.” 2.5 out of 5, The Reviewing Rodders

“The film is an effective, thrilling, frightening horror, perfect for those who enjoyed Bird Box and are thrilled by the prospect of more. Bird Box Barcelona manages to differentiate itself from its predecessor enough to stand on its own, while still creating a unified experience. One can go without viewing the previous film, as Bird Box Barcelona leads us through the timeline without making the premise entirely dependent on knowing what came before.” 3.5 out of 5, Screen Rant


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