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Bird Box Barcelona Review

Bird Box Barcelona Review

The Biggest Thing Out of Spain Since the Spanish Flu

The incredible phenomenon of Bird Box (2018) is something one had to experience firsthand in order to understand how popular this film was. Not only was it a massive success at the time, but people around the world were making videos of themselves wearing blindfolds and walking around outside. Based on a novel of the same name, the horror/thriller utilized the audience’s imagination in order to strike fear within them. Long after the credits rolled, people around the world were debating what the monsters were. Bird Box Barcelona manages to leave viewers with the same question and more.


While it is a continuation, this new entry is not a direct sequel nor does it feature any of the characters of the first film. Instead, it follows citizens of Spain. The film itself is set mostly nine months after the start of the apocalypse, whereas the first film takes place five years later. Similar to the first film, it utilizes flashbacks in order to tell the story. While the first film is guilty of overdoing it with these flashbacks, the sequel isn’t as overbearing with them. Going into it, some viewers may automatically assume that this entry is just the first film made for a Spanish audience. While it may feel like this in the beginning, it quickly differentiates itself. 

If the first film focused on themes of parenthood and connections, then the second film focuses on religion and forgiveness. Without spoilers, the film forces viewers to ponder what these beings are in the film. Are these creatures actually angels sent down to take those who are worthy? The film does a good job of playing around with this idea early on, but it falls off in the later half of the film as it instead chooses to focus on redemption. This may have worked better if the pacing was up to snuff, however, it certainly feels off at parts. Compared to the first film, the atmosphere and setting is definitely under-utilized. In the first film, things were constantly tense due to the central characters being stuck in a house, cut off from the rest of the world. In order to stay safe, they had to cover all the windows. They couldn’t even peek outside without the risk of dying. This setting contributed to the viewer feeling like they were blindfolded and cut off from the world as well. While Bird Box Barcelona has its fair share of tense moments, it fails to capture that same nail-biting and anxiety-inducing atmosphere of its predecessor. 

The New Faces 

Similar to its predecessor, Bird Box Barcelona has a star-studded cast although they’ll only be recognizable to viewers of other Spanish media. The protagonist, for example, is played by Mario Casas, who starred in El Barco, a show about a ship full of passengers who survive a global cataclysm. Naturally, since Casas is already experienced with a similar role, he is able to come off as believable. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast don’t share that quality. The reason for this is hard to pinpoint, but it may have to do with a lack of focus on these characters. Some of the characters in this film feel like they’re only there to contribute to the death count. In the first film, which had the likes of Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, the characters had believable interactions with one another. Each character had their own motivations, whereas in this film the characters feel like survivor number one, two etc. It’s not until near the end in which some of the characters start to become more fleshed out. This is a shame, as what the film was trying to accomplish may have had more impact had the characters felt more believable and fleshed out. A character’s death has more impact when the viewers have a chance to get attached to said characters. The first film did a good job of this, so it’s odd that the second falls flat in this regard. In the end, whether it comes down to the writing or acting, don’t expect to fall in love with any of the characters like in the first film.

Bird Box Barcelona Review


The overall aesthetic of the film works. As mentioned before, this film focuses on themes of religion and forgiveness. The film certainly plays around with angelic imagery and even shows an orb of light whenever a character dies on screen. These scenes in the film change the visual tone from cool and gloomy to a warmer and more inviting one. There are numerous scenes with rays of light, which initially seem to portray heaven. A common occurrence for people who have had near-death experiences includes a bright light said to represent an angel coming to take them away. This is why viewers often hear the phrase “stay away from the light” in some movies. As such, the lighting certainly plays a big role in the film, from warm and inviting rays of light to blinding flashes of light, they all contribute to this feeling. Another common idea associated with bright lights is alien life. Similar to those who have had near-death experiences, people who claim to have been abducted by UFOs also claim to have seen blinding flashes of light. 

There is also more action compared to the first film. Since there is less focus on horror this time around, the cinematography is more fitting of a thriller/suspense film. As cool as these sequences are, they can sometimes feel out of place and leave the viewers scratching their heads. The first major stunt in the film involves a bus being crashed, which is accompanied by a twist to the plot. As cool and flashy as this scene is, the twist is overshadowed by the stunt and leaves viewers wondering why it was revealed that way.

Should You Watch with a Blindfold?

It’s hard to say for sure whether Barcelona is better or worse than its predecessor, as the films are so different. From overarching themes to the way things play out on screen, the film feels more like a spin-off set in the same universe rather than a sequel. The film isn’t a must-watch unless Bird Box was a personal favorite; nonetheless, it’s still a fun time all around. Bird Box Barcelona is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and ditch the blindfold so you can watch it.

Bird Box Barcelona Review

Bird Box Barcelona Official Netflix Trailer

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A lover of gore and over the top violence, no movie can make my stomach squirm. The only thing better than a bloody death scene is a well choreographed stunt. Whether it be action or horror, if it has blood in it, then I've likely already seen it.