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‘Bird Box:’ Avoid the challenge but not the movie

January 12, 2019

We’ll start off by urging all of you to avoid the temptation of taking the “Bird Box Challenge.’’ Running around outside with a blindfold on is a pure recipe for disaster.

With that out of the way, we urge you to watch this sudden Netflix hit “Bird Box’’ with your eyes wide open, although that might prove difficult for the squeamish among us.

A lot of people already have. In a cover story in the Wednesday Life section of the Daily Journal, it was reported that the streaming online service Netflix has announced 45 million subscriber accounts across the world watched the movie in its first seven days of release beginning Dec. 21. That’s a record debut for the company.

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a hint of what you can expect: Be prepared for this postapocalyptic film to produce spine-tingling thrills and chills, and make sure you clear your calendar before watching it. You will be riveted for every moment of its two-hour, four-minute running time.

It’s part “Night of the Living Dead,’’ part “Deliverance” and part “Places in the Heart’’ (the excellent John Malkovich, an Illinois native, plays similar characters in both films).

It’s also fully engrossing. Just one more word of warning: You might not want to view it right before bedtime. While “Bird Box’’ features a happy ending, the events that lead up to that point might be hard to forget and render you sleepless.

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